Festival favourites return for St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny 2023

Photos by Dylan Vaughan

St. Patrick’s Festival programme 2023 is live and jam-packed!

With the Big Wheel, Vintage Carousel and the Festival Market returning and street entertainment, family shows, and live music throughout, there will be a guaranteed festive atmosphere in the city!

Throughout the week American and Canadian marching bands will perform through the streets and in the Castle Park. The festival kicks off with the biggest contingent of bands on Wednesday the 15th at 4pm, including returning favourite Purdue and their big drum!

The Festival Market, carnival rides and street entertainment will be in full swing on Thursday and will run till Sunday. With a free magic fire performance from festival favourite Monsieur Gusto in ‘Fireflame’ on Thursday evening on John’s Quay.

St. Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17th, will be bigger than ever. With the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Music on the Festival Stage, Street Entertainment and Family Shows, Festivities at the Castle Park, plus dance and music performances throughout the city. It’s a full day out, pre and post parade so make sure to stick around and enjoy the whole day in Kilkenny!

Saturday is another packed day of entertainment with street entertainment shows, American marching bands, family workshops and you guessed it …. Fireworks!!!

After the popularity of the event last year and at Christmas, St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny are once again lighting up the skies over Kilkenny city! Taking place in Kilkenny Castle Park, with extra added entertainment, this is a show not to be missed. A limited number of tickets will go on sale on Wednesday the 15th of February at www.stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

Alongside St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny each afternoon and evening Kilkenny Tradfest will have headline gigs and a music trail with over 90 sessions throughout the city.

St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny runs from March 15th – 19th 2023. Find the full programme of events at www.stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

Speaking about the festival Kilkenny Cllr David Fitzgerald, Mayor of Kilkenny City said:

“After the success of last year’s festival, Kilkenny County Council are delighted to bring another fantastic programme of events to Kilkenny. With so many free and family events there is something for everyone to come out and enjoy! St. Patrick’s Day has always been such a community affair and we encourage everyone across the city and county to come out and enjoy the festivities and to get involved and participate in the Parade”

Marian Flannery Festival Director wants to remind local communities that:

“Participation in the Parade is open to all local groups and that it is a great way to be a part of the day itself. The festival theme is Stories and Legends, and you’re encouraged to weave your own story through the streets of Kilkenny. Parade applications are available online”

For further information contact Marian on 083 8722444

Find out more at www.stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

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