Kinsale St. Patricks Day committee is busy planning for what promises to be another spectacular, fun-filled and exciting St. Patricks Maritime and Street festival. The unique Maritime Parade will take place at the harbour on Saturday, March 16th 2019 and again this year you are promised a really stunning display with boats beautifully lit up under the night sky. There will be music, family fun and of course a spectacular fireworks display. Spectators are invited to dress up for the occasion with prizes for the ‘Most Brightly Decorated Adult and Child’!
Pix. John Allen
On St. Patricks Day itself the Blessing of the Shamrock will take place at 12noon Mass in the Parish Church. Festivities will commence around the town at 1pm with free face painting, balloon modelling and music. Buskers are also welcome to come along on the day .The prize giving for the Children’s Art Competition will take place at the Tourist Office before the Street Parade which will begin at 3pm from the New Road car park (please note change in start time this year). The theme for this year’s Parade is ‘Think Green’ to tie in with Kinsale Green Week, a new initiative by Kinsale College which runs from March 16th 23rd. The Parade will weave its way along The Glen, Pearse Street, Barry’s Place and the Pier Road to the reviewing stand near the Pier Head. In addition to various prizes for Parade entrants, there will be prizes for Best Dressed Adult, Teen and Child spectators.
Since the revival of the Parade in 2012 it has been wonderful to see the support from local businesses who ‘Go Green’ for the occasion in the weeks before the event. Combined with the wonderful effort the businesses make to decorate their premises and the flags and bunting put up by the Parade committee, Kinsale always looks spectacular for our National Day. Once again there will be prizes for the Best Dressed Window in advance of the festival weekend.
Committee Chairperson Mr. Fred Treacy paid credit to the hardworking committee. The Grand Marshalls for this year’s event are Mrs. Pam Norris and Mrs. Maureen Judge both of whom have done phenomenal work for Chernobyl Children International over the past three decades. If you are interested in sponsoring or contributing funding for the many events or wish to help out with stewarding on the day please email [email protected] Gate Collections will take place on February 23rd and 24th.
Come along and enjoy the fun in Kinsale on St. Patrick’s Weekend.