St Patrick Is Back… And It’s About Time!
Fermanagh’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Day finally returns to Enniskillen in just four weeks on Friday 17th March and this year’s theme is Back To The Future!
The craic starts at the Broadmeadow with a free family fun day and a host of live entertainment acts starting at 1.30pm, presented by the hugely popular DJ Bob. Enjoy a range of free activities from soccer skills to water based taster sessions, balloon modelling to bouncy castles, mingle with dinosaurs and disney heroes and get snapped with some of the silver screen’s most famous vehicles. We’ve got face-painting & glitter tattoos and free tasty treats with chocolate fountains sponsored by GT Exhausts and candy floss supplied courtesy of Balcas.
We’re delighted that our wakeboarding leprechauns are back, and we’ve expanded our water activities – making celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Ireland’s Only Island Town, a truly unique experience.
For those wishing to grab prime pole position there will be lots of fun, pre parade on the Diamond in Enniskillen town centre with a live performance from the Hand Me Downs at 2.15pm as well as traditional dancers and walkabout characters to keep you entertained. And those who would prefer a less boisterous viewing platform; Fr Raymond Donnelly is providing again this year, a ‘Quiet Space’ at St Michael’s Parish Centre – booking essential. You can always take time out too, to view the entries to our children’s art competition in the Legion while enjoying traditional music and dancing performances.
Supported by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Enniskillen BID and local businesses, this year’s spectacular parade will have been worth waiting for! Led off at 3.30pm by 2023 Grand Marshalls; OMG Foundation, the parade features a range of traditional and carnival style floats, vintage & futuristic vehicles, acrobatics, live music as well as the most amazing opportunity to meet T-rex the interactive dinosaur and his baby, Rex plus much, much more.
As it’s been a few years there will be loads of giveaways on the day that will help everyone enjoy our return, whatever the weather.
Helping us mark the launch of this year’s return is FODC Chairman, Councillor Barry McElduff, who said:
“As Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, I am delighted that the Council is providing support to Project St Patrick to host the St Patrick’s Day parade in Enniskillen this year. I am confident that the planned programme of events will bring the streets of Enniskillen alive on 17 March with a spectacular parade and entertainment to suit everyone based on the theme of ‘Back To The Future’. The Council recognises the important contribution events make to the social, tourism, economic, community and cultural life of the District. Supporting events such as St Patrick’s Day helps to ensure this can continue to be achieved.
I would heartily commend Project St Patrick for their work in planning the programme to date and I wish them every success for the event. And a Happy St. Patrick’s Day / Lá ‘Fhéile Phadraig of course to all who attend.”
Brought to you by a very small team of Project St Patrick (PSP) cross community volunteers for the “9th” year, you can keep up to date on everything on our facebook page including details of fringe events; not least a potential illuminated flotilla of on St Patrick’s eve around the island town. Details announced soon too of a concert by our special international guests, the Highland Dragon Pipe Band coming all the way from Germany in conjunction with Enniskillen Pipe Band.
*There may be traffic disruptions in the immediate area so please plan your parking ahead as there will be no entrance to the Lakeland Forum. Additional disabled parking provided behind the Townhall. We would appeal to drivers to respect the efforts of our volunteers by not parking on the parade route for safety reasons.
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