March 17th sees the return of the highly anticipated St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Waterford and for the first time, a three day festival from March 17th to March 19th.
Waterford City and County Council and EveryEvent are inviting applications from community groups, sports clubs, charities and businesses, large and small, to take part in the parade to really showcase what a diverse and special place Waterford is.
This year the theme of the parade is ‘Waterford – Ireland’s Best Place to Live’ and the festival will pay homage to Waterford’s people and communities, its culture and heritage, its diversity, and its musical and artistic talent. So whether you want to drive, walk, dance, hop, skip, or jump your way along the parade route, now is the time to get involved!
As Waterford was Ireland’s first City to hold a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, back in 1903, over the years the Waterford parades have become synonymous with colour, culture and creativity. St. Patrick’s Day 2022 will be no exception, particularly after a two-year absence.
Trevor Dermody, Director of Waterford Academy of Music & Arts (WAMA) said he and his team are looking forward to partaking in the Parade. “For the last number of years, walking in the Waterford parade has been a highlight of our calendar. It’s a great way to showcase our students and their talent. The WAMA members are really excited to take part again in 2022, and are looking forward to showing off our music, dance & artistic talents to the people of Waterford.”
“It’s also a great day for families, especially this year when this is the first occasion we can really get together as a group. There’s a great buzz in the academy as our teachers and students are busy exploring themes that reflect why Waterford is Ireland’s Best Place to Live.”
John Grubb of EveryEvent said that since the announcement of the Parade going ahead, there’s a lot of enthusiasm amongst community and sporting groups. “After two long years, the general feeling is one of anticipation and excitement.”
“Groups and societies have had little or no prospect to get together for quite a while, so taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a great opportunity to get together, dress up, put on the face paint, and showcase to the whole city.”
If your business, group or club would like to take part in Waterford’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2022 visit https://stpatricksfestivalwaterford.com/take-part-in-2022/ and register your interest.
You can also keep an eye on the Facebook page and Instagram accounts (@stpatricksdaywat) for festival updates.