St Patrick’s Day Parade will be biggest Galway’s ever seen

Galway Daily news St Patrick's Day Parade will be biggest Galway's ever seen
Mayor Clodagh Higgins and Saoirse Ruane launching the annual St Patricks Day Festival in Galway. Photo: Boyd Challenger

Over 1,500 people are due to take part in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in what promises to be the biggest ever to take place in Galway City.

More than 50 local groups, and more from further afield, will be taking part in the Parade on March 17, with two local heroes leading the way.

First of two Grand Marshals for this year’s parade will be Connacht Rugby’s Andy Friend, who has been a wonderful ambassador for the province since joining in 2018.

Mayor of Galway Cllr Clodagh Higgins announced Connacht Rugby coach Andrew Friend as one of the two Marshalls for the parade. Photo: Andrew Downes, XPOSURE

Joining him on the open top bus at the front of the parade will be 11 year old Saoirse Ruane, who has raised million for cancer research since her appearance on the Late Late Toy Show in 2020.

“Saoirse has captured the hearts of the people of Ireland and we are delighted she will be leading our St Patrick’s Day parade,” the city council said on facebook.

Some of the groups participating include Macnas, 1st Port of Galway Sea Scouts, Salthill Devon Football Club, Ability West, GCS Judo, Funky Drums School, Galway Bay Rugby Club, Get Rhythm.

From outside of Galwat, coming all the way from Tampa Florida are Krewe of Europa, a colourful costumed group celebrating the Age of Discovery.

Europa has members representing all 44 European Countries in colorful costumes of each country, and is taking part in celebrations around Ireland.

“The Krewe is excited to be part of an amazing celebration of the Patron Saint and Apostle of Ireland, St Patrick,” said Craig Bachler of Krewe.

The St Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off from the University of Galway at 11:30am on March 17.