Embrace the celebrations and join us in Bray for the St. Patrick’s Festival from March 13th to 18th

Join us next week for the St. Patrick’s Festival in Bray. Embrace the celebrations from Friday, March 13th until Wednesday, March 18th. It’s 6 days of great family fun.

Top-class family entertainment is guaranteed with Bird’s Euroshow funfair, live music, an open-air céilí, puppet shows, street theatre, walks, trails, a treasure hunt and of course the main event the Festival Parade.

We’re expecting thousands to line the town’s streets for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Tuesday, March 17th, which will start at the Town Hall from 3 pm, making its way down the Main Street to the viewing stand on Strand Road. It will feature a large multicultural element, music, dance and entertainment all celebrating our National day in style.

Along the Parade route, there are excellent vantage points for all to get a chance to admire the strong 1,500 participants from marching bands, majorettes, community groups, businesses, clubs to schools from all over the town and beyond as they will weave their way through the town in spectacular fashion.

This year, we have teamed up with the Bray Autism Friendly Group and we are delighted to say that there will be an autism-friendly zone at the parade on the corner of Quinsboro Road and the Carlisle grounds.

Our Parade Grand Marshall this year is Adam Burke. Adam was recognised at the recent Bray Endeavour Awards for his civic and community work with the youth in Bray.

Adam Burke receiving his Civic Award at the 2019 Bray Chamber of Commerce Endeavour Awards

Road closures will be in place on March 17th from 2 pm until after 4 pm to facilitate the Bray Parade. Roads affected include Main Street, Quinsboro Road, Seapoint Road and Strand Road.

This year there are over 20 events to look forward to:

  • Enjoy all the thrills and spills of the Bird’s Euroshow Funfair as it returns to Bray Seafront on Friday, March 13th until Tuesday, March 17th. It opens on Friday, March 13th at 3 pm then daily from 12 noon to 10 pm
  • There’s some cracking live music throughout the town’s many venues. Check out the ‘What’s On’ guide on bray.ie for full listings
  • The Bray Head Walk is back again this year with Bray Adventures on Saturday, March 14th at 12 noon
  • On Saturday, March 14th at the Civic Plaza at 2 pm and then Monday, March 16th at 4 pm watch some spectacular outdoor circus performances including handstands, magic, juggling & escapology routines
  • The Bray Cualann Historical Society will conduct a historical talk about Bray on Saturday, March 14th at 3 pm and Monday, March 16th at 3 pm.
  • New for 2020 is a Family Treasure Hunt – At your leisure grab the family or a bunch of friends for an adventuresome day out with our new Treasure Hunt Experience where you could win a voucher for Platform Pizza, Bray
  • The family fun continues on Sunday, March 15th from 11 am why not let the brilliant Suzie create some cheeky face painting designs, learn how to Irish dance from 11:30 am then afterwards join McCormick Puppeteers as they wow audiences young and old
  • The Bray Vintage Car Club will be showcasing some of their members beautiful classic and vintage cars on Sunday, March 15th from 2 pm to 4 pm
  • The festival’s main event the Bray Parade will kick off at 3 pm on Tuesday, March 17th from the Town Hall to the viewing stand at the northern part of the Seafront
  • Straight after the Parade at 4 pm on Tuesday, March 17th watch the very talented Shauna McGauran School of Irish Dance wow audiences as they showcase their dancing skills to spectators on Bray’s iconic bandstand followed by a concert by The Boomerang Band
  • To finish the weekend off why not catch The Boomerang Brass band and Shauna McGauran School of Irish Dance get together to share music and dance to bring an end to yet another fantastic St. Patrick’s Festival in Bray at The Martello Hotel on Wednesday, March 18th from 5 pm to 7 pm

President of the Bray & District Chamber of Commerce, Ruth Donnelly said ‘One of our aims as a chamber is to drive tourism with vibrant festivals and events to help boost the town’s local economy. The St. Patrick’s Festival Bray goes a long way in helping achieve our goals. We hope everyone visiting Bray has a brilliant time during the festival’.

You can register for free walks, talks, competitions and access the treasure hunt questionnaire by visiting www.bray.ie/st-patricks-day-festival.

Bray’s St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly brought to you by Bray & District Chamber of Commerce and Wicklow County Council.

More information about the festival can be found at the award-winning website www.bray.ie. Keep up to date with the latest festival news by following us on Twitter https://twitter.com/bray_ie or liking us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/braytown.

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