AFTER two long years without the fun and festivities that go with St Patrick’s Day, it has been confirmed that the St Patrick’s Day parade will return to Waterford City this year.
Waterford Council has also announced the launch of a St Patrick’s Day Festival this year, which for the first time will have the full backing of Failte Ireland.
The festival this time around will take place over three days, from March 17th to 19th, with the theme of ‘Waterford, where St Patrick’s Day began’, to mark the fact that Waterford was the first city to hold a parade over a century ago.
Organisers say it will “pay homage to Waterford’s people and communities, its culture and heritage, its diversity, and its musical and artistic talent.”
Welcoming the return of the parade in 2022, Cllr Joe Kelly, Waterford’s mayor, said: “It really is great to have such an exciting event to look forward to.
bigger and better this year: three-day celebration of our city and its heritage
“Unfortunately, our St Patrick’s Day festivities couldn’t go ahead for the last two years, but we are delighted to be able to reintroduce them, bigger and better this year, with a wonderful three-day celebration of our city and its heritage.
“I’ve no doubt that our vibrant and creative community groups, cultural organisations, musicians and entertainers will contribute to an exciting programme that can be enjoyed by everyone over three fantastic days,” he added.
There will also be an online element to St Patrick’s Day this year, as the parade will be live streamed, so those who cannot attend or remain cautious about attending large events can still share in the celebrations from their own homes.
Details of the St Patrick’s Day Parade and festival event will be revealed in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on www.stpatricksfestivalwaterford.com for the full programme.