St. Patrick's Day Parade in Galway

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Pipe bands, dance groups and performance artists come from all over the world to Galway each year to experience a parade that is widely regarded as one of the best in Ireland. The beauty of the Galway Parade is that it is small enough for group to truely feel a part of, yet big enough to create a special atmosphere. Up to 50,000 spectators line the streets each year and some of the narrow streets create an intimate cauldron that is an unforgettable experience for all participants. The Parade route moves through the centre of the medival City, a 1.5 mile journey through narrow cobbled streets, turning onto long wide streets. The Parade route is thronged with spectators from start to finish, creating a non-stop carnival atmosphere.

2005 marks the 102nd anniverary of the Galway St Patrick's Day Parade. In early 1903 moves were afoot to make St Patrick's Day a national holiday in Galway. A holiday committee was set up and proposed to implement the national holiday with the 'voluntary' closure of shops and buisnesses in the town. All shops were asked to cease trading on the day, those who didn't were frowned upon. Up to 10,000 people came out to watch the parade. Today the figure is nearer 50,000.

Situated on the western seaboard, Galway City is next door to the country's largest Gaelic speaking area (Connemara) and across the famous Galway Bay are equally well renowned Aran Islands. In Medieval times Galway became a powerful City, which traded in wine, spices, salt, animal products and fish. It became the next port after London and Bristol. Key landmarks in the City include the famous Spanish Arch, Lynch's Castle, Eyre Square, and Blake's Tower.

Galway is widely regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland, and has shown a great capability to deal with Art's Festivals, Racing Festivals and even Oyster Festivals. The pubs and restaurants throughout the City are renowned for their service and atmosphere, with the live music of all kinds to found every night of the week.


Parade Contact: Breandan O hEaghra Tel:00353 91 536829 Email: breandan@galwaycity.ie

For further information on St Patrick's Day Festivals in Ireland and Around the World go to www.stpatricksfestival.ie

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