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St. Patrick’s Parade 2024 in Dublin: A Vibrant Celebration of Irish Culture

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Dublin, the heart of Ireland, once again donned its most vibrant shades of green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a grand parade that captivated locals and tourists alike.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held on Sunday 17 March 2024, was a spectacular display of Irish culture, heritage and community spirit, attracting hundreds of thousands of people to the city’s streets.

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According to official figures provided by Richard Tierney, St. Patrick’s Festival CEO, over 4,200 street performers, parade troupes and marching bands from Ireland and around the world took to the streets to showcase their talents.

The 2024 parade featured a wide variety of participants, each bringing their own unique touch to the festivities. Leading the procession were the lively brass bands, whose rhythmic strains echoed through the city’s historic streets.

They were followed by traditional Irish dancers, with colourful themes full of classic elements of Irish culture. Alongside them, various cultural and community groups, artists and entertainers contributed to the 3-day St Patrick’s Festival calendar of activities.

Noteworthy was the inclusion of several international participants, reflecting Dublin’s welcoming spirit and the global appeal of St. Patrick’s Day.

These international ensembles added a diverse flavor to the parade, showcasing the universal nature of celebration and cultural exchange

“Echoing the words of the Lord Mayor, I would like to thank and congratulate the thousands of participants and performers who spend many hours behind the scenes producing this wonderful celebration of our arts, culture and heritage.

Richard Tierney, St. Patrick’s Festival CEO 
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Marching Band visit the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the third time with 350 members; and bringing up the rear North Carolina’s Western Carolina University ‘Pride of the Mountains’ Marching Band visit Dublin for their first time with 255 members lining out in their colours of purple, white and black.

Orla Carroll, Product Development Manager for Fáilte Ireland, said: “This year’s festival is set to be the biggest celebration of St Patrick’s Day and will offer visitors from home and abroad the opportunity to enjoy the best of our capital city, while kicking off the tourism season by showcasing Ireland as a fantastic tourist destination to people from all over the world”.

The St. Patrick’s Parade is more than just a cultural celebration; it is a significant economic driver for Dublin. The influx of more than 100,000 tourists during the St. Patrick’s festivities provides a substantial boost to the local economy, benefiting hotels, restaurants, shops, and other businesses. In 2024, the parade once again demonstrated its economic importance, with hotels reporting high occupancy rates and local businesses enjoying increased foot traffic and sales.

The St. Patrick’s Festival was made possible by the support of the Irish Government, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and many partners and funders.

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