Following the success of last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Waterford, Waterford City and County Council, in association with Fáilte Ireland and EveryEvent, is delighted to announce a jam-packed four-day programme of events from Friday, March 15th to Monday, March 18th.
The theme for this year’s parade is ‘Seize the Déise’, with community, sports, and charity groups encouraged to get involved to showcase the very best of all things Waterford in a show of colour, music and pageantry.
Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway welcomed the return of an even bigger and better festival in 2024, saying, “The theme couldn’t be more fitting for a county that is on a phenomenal upward trajectory. The international attention Waterford has garnered in the last few months has been wonderful for the city and county...from European City of Christmas to Ireland’s Cleanest City, and we’re even on New York Times ‘Go to in 2024’ list.
“There couldn’t be a better time for us all to ‘Seize the Déise’ and take great pride in what the county has achieved.”
Johnny Codd, Festival Director with Waterford City and County Council is encouraging as many groups as possible to get involved in the parade this year. “Waterford has a wealth of history, heritage, culture, and tourism amenities, but what makes it special is its people. We are hoping to see the people, the community groups, the sports clubs, the charity groups, the bands, the musicians, and the creatives taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year, which will once again wind its way from the Bus Station on the Quay to the viewing stand on the Mall.”
“The events making up the four-day festival this year will have a wide-ranging appeal to all ages. While we are putting the finishing touches to the festival programme with EveryEvent, rest assured that there will be some great events taking place over the four day festival.”
John Grubb of EveryEvent added, “The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a fantastic opportunity for groups of all types, genres, ages and sizes to showcase what they do best. Each year we are amazed at the fantastic effort parade participants go to getting into the spirit of the St. Patrick’s festival, with bunting, costumes, colour, and great enthusiasm.”
“The theme Seize the Déise couldn’t be more apt. It’s about us all getting out there, enjoying the moment and celebrating all that Waterford has to offer.”
With the final touches being put to the four-day programme, all will be revealed in the coming weeks.
However, in the meantime, if your group would like to take part in the parade on Sunday, March 17th, you can register at www.stpatricksfestivalwaterford.com