Limerick parade to focus on quality not quantity

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Flying high: Ashlene McFadden of Fidget Feet aerial dance company and Aidan Phelan, performance programmer for the Limerick's St Patrick's Day Parade, which was launched in People's Park. Picture: Sean Curtin
ORGANISERS of this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade expect up to 2,000 people to march, but the total number is to be limited to 60 entries.

ORGANISERS of this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade expect up to 2,000 people to march, but the total number is to be limited to 60 entries.

The Limerick festival is being managed this year by Galway events company Grooveyard, who won the tender from the council for an initial one year period. Parade co-ordinator Debbie Wright, who has worked with Macnas and on the Galway parade, said the company hope to “create a carnival spirit”.

“We are engaging with community arts facilitators to work with different groups in the city, to try and enhance the overall creativity of the parade and try and get a real carnival atmosphere going,” she said.

“We are also working with professional performers to entertain the crowds before the parade arrives.”

The parade will be shorter this year to “maximise the entertainment factor for the crowd”, which is expected to be upwards of 70,000 people.

“We are restricting each entry to have only one vehicle, so we don’t want fleets of vehicles going down the street. And we are also limiting the amount of entries to 60 and we will be prioritising community, walking and charity groups for that.”

Applications are already “rolling in” for the parade, the grand marshals for which will be aerial dance company Fidget Feet, and which will have a Spring theme.

Ashlene McFadden of Fidget Feet said it was a “great honour” to be selected.

“We have watched the parade before and we are just really excited to take part and lead the rest of the participants through the city,” she said.

See www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival for full details on how to enter.