Every spring, Dublin is proud to host the St. Patrick's Day Festival, a 4-day international extravaganza. Imagine marching past Trinity College, Dublin Castle and City Hall while playing your music to a crowd of thousands! Travel with your band to the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade for an experience of a lifetime! Plus perform in the prestigious Limerick International Band Festival, explore Dublin and Belfast, and more. Deadline to register: August 30th, 2016
Besides performance opportunities at the Limerick Marching Festival on the 15th and the St. Patrick's Day Parade on the 17th, events and celebrations highlighting Dublin's rich culture and history are very much a part of the Festival. Events include films, folklore telling, comedy shows, special musical performances, boat races, funfairs and more.
Greening the City
A highlight for many is the Festival's tradition of "Greening the City." All throughout Dublin, iconic buildings and monuments take part and illuminate green to show their support for the extended St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Pictured: Trinity College (top) and Blarney Castle (bottom) illuminate emerald.
About the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin
In the past, more than 675,000 Dubliners and tourists worldwide have gathered to watch marching bands from Ireland, Europe and the US parade through Dublin's musical streets. The music played at the parade ranges from Irish pipe and drum marches to current chart hits. In addition, bands join in the fun by competing with each other in costumes and dance routines.
A typical Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade features a dozen or more floats and pageants, all extravagantly decorated. Every year, the Dublin parade is traditionally closed by the roar of engines of the city's motor bikers on their Harley Davidsons and Honda Gold Wings.
The Parade Route
The route for the Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade leads from Parnell Square on the city's Northside down O'Connell Street, over the River Liffey via O'Connell Bridge into Westmoreland Street, past Trinity College at College Green and on to Dame Street. It then turns left at Christchurch Cathedral into Lord Edward Street, Nicholas Street and Patrick Street before finally finishing at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
FREE TRIP TO IRELAND FOR BAND LEADERS!
Encore cordially invites all band leaders who are taking their ensemble to the 2017 parade, plus a companion, to get a sneak peek of the action on a free trip to Ireland. Become familiar with Encore services while you stay in Encore hotels, meet an Encore Tour Manager and eat in Encore restaurants. Talk to an Encore Tour Consultant to learn more.