St. Patrick Day Parades will be the centre of celebrations in Downpatrick and Newry on St Patrick’s Day. Led by Saint Patrick himself, the Parades on Thursday 17 March will offer a feast for eyes and ears as swirling dancers, community floats and costumed characters entertain the crowds.
In Downpatrick, from 12noon come along to St Patrick Square and enjoy an array of free activities including face painting, walkabout characters, arts and crafts, balloon modelling and live performances. Performing on stage will be the multi-platinum recording artist Brian Kennedy, folk rock legends The Logues and Weston Loney plus many more.
This year will see the introduction of the Family Festival Village at Knocknashinna Park. From 12noon there will be the very best in homegrown talent including live music, circus skills, pop-up performances as well as many children activities to keep folks of all ages entertained.
The Parade will depart from the Ardglass Road at 1.30pm and will continue onto Edward Street, John Street, Irish Street, Market Street and finish at Rathkeltair Car Park. It will bring together a cavalcade of vintage cars along with a host of floats, sports groups and community groups. The Downpatrick Parade will be compered by local radio personality Glen Pavis from Downtown Radio.
The Park and Ride will be operational from Downpatrick Racecourse on the Ballydugan Road and drop off at Rathkeltair House Car park, Lower Market Street. The shuttle service will be available from 11am to 5pm.
Disabled parking will be available at Down Leisure Centre, Market Street for Blue Badge Permit Holders, with a dedicated viewing area available at the South Eastern Regional College (SERC).
Festival Stage, Market Square, Downpatrick
12:00 Weston Loney
13:00 Belfast Trad Trail Musicians
14:00 Celtic Storm (20 minutes)
15:00 The Logues
16:00 Brian Kennedy
Small Stage Performances in Downpatrick
Time Knocknasninna Park
12:00 Ards Comhaltas
13:00 Owen Denvir
14:00 The Fuzztones
15:00 Lucien Cole
16:00 Radio Lips
Time Knocknashinna Marquee
13:00 Dr. Nick
14:00 Cleamairí Feirste (Mummers) - Acoustic only
15:00 Dr. Nick
Time De Courcy Place
12:00 Eoin Flynn
13:00 Noel McClean
14:00 Lucy Bell
15:00 Brian McAteer
16:00 Charlie Hanlon
Other Activity from 12pm - 4.30pm:
Facepainting, nail paintint