St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny returning with incredible six-day event

After going virtual in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny is returning to the city streets this March with an incredible six-day programme of events.

Revellers get ready; St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny is returning this March with an incredible six-day event taking place across the city.

Bringing fun and festivities to the streets of Kilkenny, the six-day programme will include the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade and much more.

Some highlights include performances by American marching bands and street entertainment. Guests can also marvel at acrobats, stilt walkers, carnival rides, a fireworks display, street food vendors, and much more.

An exciting celebration – something for everyone to enjoy

Check out the amazing street performers at the St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny.
Credit: St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny

Kicking off on Tuesday 15 March, St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny will bring an extended celebration of Ireland’s patron saint to the medieval city streets.  

The annual St Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled for Thursday 17 March. It will bring plenty of colour and life to the city from 1:30 pm onwards.

The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Run with the Wolves’. Thus, paying homage to the famous Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon’s latest Oscar-nominated movie, Wolfwalkers.

Set in Kilkenny in the year 1650, Wolfwalkers takes inspiration from many of Kilkenny’s most famous landmarks.

St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny returning with incredible six-day event – family fun for all

The St Patrick's Parade is one of the highlights of St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny.
Credit: St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny

Speaking on the festival’s much-anticipated return, Cllr. Joe Malone, who is Chairperson of the St Patrick’s Festival Committee, said, “We’re looking forward to welcoming the crowds back to Kilkenny for the St Patrick’s Festival this year.

“Kilkenny has made a name for itself as a Festival City. The St Patrick’s Festival has grown a lot in the last few years.

“Last year, it went virtual with participants from all over the world featuring in the seven hours of content. This year, we’re excited to welcome everyone in-person to enjoy everything Kilkenny has to offer.”

Bringing back Ireland’s favourite holiday – a national celebration

Discover these incredible American Marching Bands.
Credit: St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny

Many St Patrick’s Day celebrations faced cancellation last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. So, many across Ireland and further afield delight to see festivities return across the country this March.

Festival Director Marian Flannery said, “We’re itching to get back to the streets and to be able to bring events to people in person. We have a bumper programme this year with our biggest festival yet.  

“We’re delighted to welcome Marching Bands from across the states, who will be performing at special performances in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle in the days before and after St Patrick’s Day.”

What is planned? – an exciting programme of events

St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny returns to Ireland this March.
Credit: St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny

Flannery highlighted some of the most exciting aspects of this year’s festival. “The Parade Plaza will be a hub of activity with the Mayor’s Walk Street Feast, carnival rides, and street performers. 

“Kilkenny has a great tradition of music that we’re delighted to be able to showcase through our performance stage on Canal Square. There really will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

With an exciting programme of events planned, St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny is sure to have something for everyone.

For more information about this year’s festival, check out the St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny website here.

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