“Biggest and Best” St Patrick’s Day Parade Set to Take Place in Dublin
Celebrations Across Ireland
A sea of green made up of half a million people is to descend on Dublin City centre for a St Patrick’s Day parade that organisers are predicting will be “the biggest and best”. Celebrations are also set to take place across the island of Ireland with massive crowds turning out to mark March 17 in towns and cities. Many more will watch Dublin’s 2023 parade on television, which will involve 4,200 performers including marching bands, aerial acrobats and vibrant costumes.
Theme of “ONE“
The parade is centred around the theme of “ONE” to “shine a light on all the goodness that surrounds us” by protecting and embracing global traditions, culture and heritage. The parade is due to start at Parnell Square, snaking its way through some of the city’s most popular thoroughfares like O’Connell Street and College Green before culminating on Kevin Street.
Grand Marshal and International Guest of Honour
The Republic of Ireland women’s football team was chosen as this year’s grand marshal and is represented by manager Vera Pauw and other famous faces from the team’s past and present. Originally from the Netherlands, Ms Pauw said she was “blown away” that she could lead the parade. American actor Patrick Duffy, known for Dallas and Man From Atlantis, said he was discovering his heritage through his role as the international guest of honour.
Birthday Wish: “No Rain!”
Mr Duffy was born on St Patrick’s Day and celebrated his 74th birthday by blowing out the candles on a large green cake. He made a simple birthday wish: “No rain!” His wish clashed with national forecaster Met Eireann which predicted scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle, including isolated thunderstorms in the west of the country.
Guided Tours and Live Music Across the Region
Thousands of people will also line streets of major towns and cities of in Northern Ireland for parades. Large celebrations are planned in Belfast, Newry, Derry, and Downpatrick. Organisers have arranged guided tours and live music across the region.
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