How Cork Celebrates St. Patrick's Festival

Over three days on the Grand Parade, overlooking the River Lee, mayhem and colour will be set loose, with musicians, food, street performers, and fun.

St. Patrick's festival took place on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th of March with family entertainment, while the parade takes place on the traditional Tuesday 17th of March. Marking the U.N. International Year of Astronomy, the Cork St. Patrick’s Festival and Blackrock Castle Observatory are hoping to build on the success of last year’s theme ‘Monsters of Marsh’, celebrating with the theme ‘Cosmic Chaos’.

A food market will be held on the footpath of the Grand Parade and the Boardwalk, South Mall on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.

NASA astronaut Dan Tani leads the parade on St. Patrick's Day as Grand Marshal. It will begin at approximately 1.00pm at South Mall, travelling via Grand Parade, St. Patrick's Street, turning onto Merchant's Quay and culminating at the junction of Merchant's Quay and Parnell Place.

Read more about St. Patrick's Day celebrations here.

By Discover Ireland.

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