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Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade

The legendary ringmaster of Fossett’s Circus, Marion Fossett will lead this year’s spectacular Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade as the city celebrates 250 years of the Circus.

Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival includes the colourful and energetic Parade, Ireland’s only international Band Championship featuring almost 2000 international musicians and a dazzling fireworks display over King John’s Castle.

The parade is celebrating the 250 years since the art-form of the Circus was born. The two kilometre route of the parade will be filled by participants from all parts of Limerick and across the country, including schools, sports clubs, industry and the new communities that now call Limerick home. The expected tens of thousands of spectators will be thrilled by colourful and high energy entries as they wind their way down O’Connell Street from Roden Street all the way down to Rutland Street.

Among the highlights are:
LUXe who are presenting their award winning ‘Cirque de Lune’
Macnas will appear on foot with the Macnas brass ensemble!

Cloughjordan Youth Circus will bring stilt walkers, jugglers and clowns onto Limerick’s premier street
Lumen will be accompanied by the School of Spectacle as they entertain the crowds in their unique way. The School of Spectacle is a partnership project funded by Creative Europe and will have 25 creative practitioners in Limerick working hard on their entry for a week before the parade.
As always, local artist Giggles the Clown and her children’s characters will be out in force.

Parade Grand Marshall Marion Fossett said, “On behalf of my family I’m honoured and thrilled to have been invited to be the Grand Marshal for the 2018 Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In addition to this commemorating the birth of Circus this fabulous parade will mark Fossett’s Circus 130th Anniversary, making us the world’s oldest continuously touring circus! I am so delighted to be marking this milestone in Limerick….a city we have entertained on so many happy visits over that time.”

Creative Director of this year’s parade Aidan Phelan states, “This year’s line up is looking fantastic with more local groups, clubs and companies participating than ever before. Local street arts company Lumen will join in the fun with a traditional circus themed entry and the award winning dancers from Spotlight Stage School will return for another energetic performance.
Expect to see some fantastic work from Limerick based aerial dancers Fidget Feet who are set to wow the crowds with their incredible airborne antics. On top of all that the students from Limericks International School of Spectacle, with support from Limerick City and County Council’s Culture and Arts Office, have a lovely surprise in the works.

The traditional St Patrick’s Day Parade is just one of a number of events taking place across Limerick as part of Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival.

Limerick is in a unique position of having the country’s only International Band Championship, now in its 48th year.

St Patrick’s Festival Extravaganza will see King John’s Castle provide the stunning backdrop for a dramatic lights and fireworks show on Sunday 18 March.

There will be musical entertainment from 9pm as dramatic illuminations are projected onto Limerick’s historic King John’s Castle, followed by a spectacular fireworks display which will transform the city’s skies into an explosion of colour! This promises to be a tremendous treat for the whole family and a truly dazzling end to the festival celebrations.
Among the other events taking place for Limerick St Patrick’s Festival include:

Panoramic Wheel & Traditional Carousel 10 March – 15 April at Arthur’s Quay Park
Fossett’s Circus 130th Anniversary Tour of Ireland 15 – 19 March at Cleeve’s Car Park, O’Callaghan Strand
John McCarthy’s Circus Bar Exhibition 16 – 18 March at Limerick Museum
St Patrick’s Weekend Unlocked 17 – 18 March at Limerick Milk Market

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