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Make Marching Magic in the Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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by Rhoda Venture
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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin is already booked for 2025-26, but you can still plan an amazing Irish adventure. Make marching magic in the Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2025!

Outside of Dublin, Limerick hosts the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland.  It’s also the ONLY international band championship in the country!

Marching bands from across Ireland, Europe, and America make their way down O’Connell Street past the judges and thousands of spectators.  You can choose to take part in adjudication, or just enjoy the experience of performing in an Irish parade.

Unveiling the Charm of Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day

Limerick is a vibrant city that’s rich in history and cultural heritage. And while Dublin may get all the press, Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are not to be missed.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The streets are alive with color, music, and the infectious energy of the revelers. The parade is a joyful tribute to St. Patrick and showcases the pride and spirit of the Limerick community.

The Spectacle of the Parade: Landmarks and Viewing Spots

Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day parade takes participants and spectators through the city’s iconic landmarks and vibrant streets. You’ll even pass by the majestic King John’s Castle, a historic landmark that adds to the grandeur of the event.

Spectators can find prime viewing spots along the parade route, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the festivities. From the castle to the bustling city streets, the parade route offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable St. Patrick’s Day experience in Limerick.

Why March in Limerick? The International Band Championship Experience

The Limerick St. Patrick’s Day celebrations boast one more notable feature – the International Band Championship. This championship IS A PARADE PERFORMANCE bringing bands from around the world to compete for top prizes. For more than 50 years, the championship has taken place in front of global audiences, sharing in a celebration of music and culture.

It’s a memorable experience for participants and spectators alike!

Marching in Limerick's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Parade Routes

Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17th)

Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade winds through the city’s quaint streets and iconic landmarks (including King John’s Castle.)

It starts at O’Connell Avenue and Roden Street junction, then follows O’Connell, The Crescent, and O’Connell Street until it turns left onto Glentworth Street.

Next, it takes a right turn onto Henry Street where it continues to Liddy Street and Arthur’s Quay Park.

Finally, the route turns left onto Patrick Street before ending at Rutland Street by Matthew Bridge.

The International Band Championship Parade (March 18th)

The International Band Championship Parade is slightly shorter, beginning at O’Connell Avenue and Hartstonge Street junction. From here it moves down The Crescent, O’Connell Street, and turns left onto Glentworth Street and then right onto Henry Street.

It continues down Henry Street to Liddy Street, wrapping up at Arthur’s Quay Park.

Band Director Note: The Reviewing Stand will be located on Henry Street (opposite the Savoy Hotel) at the junction of Bedford Row and Shannon Street.

Spectators for each can find prime viewing spots along the parade route so they can enjoy all the fun and festivities. An ancient castle and bustling streets are the perfect backdrop for this St. Patrick’s Day tradition!

Marching in Limerick's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Parade Performance Evaluation

Bands participating in the Limerick International Band Championship are judged based on multiple criteria, including:

  • Musicality
  • Showmanship
  • Choreography
  • Overall impact
  • Ability to engage the audience and deliver a captivating performance

Workshops and Clinics for Bands

Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day organizers offer workshops and clinics specifically designed for bands. These sessions provide a unique opportunity for bands to learn from experienced musicians and professionals in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Workshops may cover topics such as marching techniques, musical arrangements, and performance strategies.

Clinics offer individualized guidance and feedback to help bands improve their overall performance.

March in the Limerick St. Patrick's Day Parade

Networking with Bands from Around the World

Because the Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day parade attracts bands from around the world, your students have a unique opportunity to network.

They’ll connect with fellow musicians, share experiences, and build relationships that extend far beyond your trip.

An international element also adds a different kind of energy to the event, fostering a sense of camaraderie and celebration among participating bands.

Take advantage of these networking opportunities to expand your students’ musical network, learn from others, and create valuable connections that can open doors for future collaborations and performances.

How to Apply

To find out more about registering your band for the Limerick International Band Championship, contact Kaleidoscope Adventures.

Kaleidoscope Adventures has been planning exceptional performance travel for more than 30 years. Online registration and payments, convenient crowdfunding options, and an expert team make your planning simple and efficient.

Two members of the Kaleidoscope Adventures team are based in Ireland, giving you the best insider advice and local tips as you plan your St. Patrick’s Day adventure!

That’s travel beyond expectations!!


While You’re Here

While Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is the main attraction, there’s so much more to explore.

Conquer the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, discover the divine and dazzling St. Mary’s Cathedral, and kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Gardens.

Scout the grounds of an ancient fort, then delve into the realm of noble knights at medieval King John’s Castle.

You’ll see the very best of the Irish landscape and iconic attractions!

perform in Ireland for st. Patrick's day

Make Marching Magic in the Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the International Band Championship

Performing in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day is not out of reach –  it’s everything you imagined it can be! Stunning landscapes, friendly smiles, warm hearts… and the performance opportunity of a lifetime!

Make some marching magic at the Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade and International Band Championship.

Related Reading: Perform in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

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