Spring theme for Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Holiday mode: Emily and Isobelle Kane, Ferndale and Aoife Ryan, Pallasgreen, at last year's St Patrick's Day parade in Limerick. Picture: Adrian Butler
LIMERICK’S St Patrick’s Festival is to embrace the theme of Spring, it has been announced.

LIMERICK’S St Patrick’s Festival is to embrace the theme of Spring, it has been announced.

Registration is now open to participate in the St Patrickʼs Day Parade, which it is hoped will see an estimated 70,000 people line Limerick’s streets on March 17.

Participants are encouraged to embrace the theme and “get creative” with their entries.

Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan said people can expect a “festival of colour, noise and entertainment” for the festival.

“Gold, orange, yellow and green represent Spring time, when the days are getting longer, flowers are blossoming and the smell of summer is just around the corner,” he said.

“As well as artistically creating a themed entry we are encouraging participants to perform and entertain as they proudly parade through the main streets of Limerick.

“It is your chance to shine, celebrate and have fun.”

However, in order to “maximise the entertainment factor for the crowd”, the parade will be shorter this year.

Parade entries will be limited, with priority given to community groups, those participating in the theme, and walking entries.

The 45th Limerick International Band Championship will also take place on March 15, featuring bands from all over Ireland, the USA and Europe.

The festivities are to be run by Galway based event company Grooveyard Productions, who won the contract from Limerick City and County Council for a term of an initial one year period, with the option to extend for two additional one year periods, subject to performance review, according to a spokesperson.

Grooveyard, who ran the Special Olympics Ireland Games opening event in the People’s Park last summer, will run the St Patrick’s Day Parade, the Limerick International Band Championship and Riverfest for the council, as well as Africa Day, Day of Commemoration and the Christmas Lights switch on event this year.

Full details of the festival are available at www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival.