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The International Performance of a Lifetime: Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Marching bands… break out your best green gear and get ready to march in the international performance of a lifetime – the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Why Cork for St. Patrick’s Day?

Cork’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival is a vibrant celebration of Irish tradition and musical legacy. It’s a hub for all things Irish, showcasing the warmth and vitality of the community.

The International Performance of a Lifetime: Cork St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the second largest in the country and features more than 3,000 participants – including bands, dance groups, community organizations, and guests from around the globe. And with 50,000+ spectators lining the streets to watch, you’ll feel like the stars of the show!

What You Need to Know About the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Application and Planning Timeline

The first thing you need to know is that it is imperative to plan as early as possible.  We suggest applying at least 14 – 24 months in advance.

While there’s a bit more flexibility than with the parade in Dublin (now booking nearly three years out), you’ll still want to get a jump start on your application.

Guest Band Criteria

The Cork parade accepts 5-6 international bands each year. Standard application criteria apply, including:

  • Musicality
  • Showmanship
  • Choreography
  • Crowd Engagement

How to Apply

Apply through a student tour operator like 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.

Keith Kelly Ireland

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

That’s travel beyond expectations!!

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Add a Second Performance

The beauty of performing in Cork on St. Patrick’s Day is that you can easily add a second performance experience in the Emerald Isle!

The International Band Championship in Limerick

Limerick hosts the post St. Patrick’s Day International Band Championship on the closest Sunday to St. Patrick’s Day. And if St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, it’s held the following Monday.

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

This parade performance has made the vibrant Limerick city streets home for more than 50 years.  It’s the only international championship in Ireland and brings bands from around the world together to celebrate music and culture.

Perform in Cork on St. Patrick’s Day, followed by a secondary marching performance at the International Band Championship.

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

Fringe Festivals

If you prefer to end your St. Patrick’s Day away from the festival revelry, you can opt for a secondary ‘fringe festival’ performance.

international performance of a lifetime: Cork St. Patrick's Day Parade

Pack up and head out for one of the small town festivals dotting the countryside for an authentic Irish celebration. Your performers will add international pizazz to a quaint village parade!

Connect with your tour consultant on the best venues to share in the spirit of the holiday as students really experience local culture and tradition.

While You’re Here

While all of Ireland is spectacular, there are a few iconic sites that you won’t want to miss.

Cliffs of Moher

Conquer the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher on the rugged West Clare coast. You’ll be awed by the stunning vistas and crashing waves at the abrupt edge of this vertical limestone bluff.

The Cliffs of Moher are located in the Burren region, an area that pre-dates dinosaurs by more than 150 million years.  It’s mysterious and unusual landscapes, charming seaside towns, and unique activities like sheepdog demonstrations are perfect for student groups!

Kiss the world-famous Blarney Stone at one of Ireland’s most famous spots – Blarney Castle & Gardens. There’ll be no lull in conversation as you as you smooch the stone, but you should also plan on plenty of time for pics!

Scout the grounds at the dramatic Rock of Cashel, where you’ll find an incredible collection of medieval buildings. These impressive structures include a round tower, a high cross, a Romanesque chapel, a Gothic cathedral, an abbey, the Hall of the Vicars Choral and a fifteenth-century Tower House.

The International Performance of a Lifetime: Cork St. Patrick's Day Parade Bunratty Castle

Explore the ancient walls and halls of Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland. Then visit charming Bunratty Folk Park, a living 19th-century village depicting the traditional rural culture of the time.

Cap it all off with some serious sightseeing in the capital city of Dublin. You’ll tour historic landmarks, shop unique specialty stores, and dig into delectable local dishes at countless eateries.

Dublin Ireland

You’ll see the very best of Ireland and make memories to last a lifetime!

The International Performance of a Lifetime: Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Ireland is a spectacularly beautiful country just waiting to welcome your band. And when you plan your Cork St. Patrick’s Day parade with Kaleidoscope Adventures, you’ll get 30+ years of trusted experience, impeccable customer service, and meticulous attention to detail.

Most importantly, you’ll have the advantage of an Irish-based team working for you to ensure that it’s the international performance of a lifetime!

Plan Your International Performance Trip of a Lifetime to the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Why Kaleidoscope Adventures?

As a leader in the student travel industry for 30+ years, Kaleidoscope Adventures exceeds expectations for student and performance group travel.

We’ll work with you to plan an exceptional travel experience and provide impeccable customer service from start to finish

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