This year’s St. Patrick’s Bray Parade was an explosion of colour

Bray celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style with another fantastic parade through the streets of the town. From around 2 pm locals and visitors lined the town’s streets. Despite freezing temperatures, some snowflakes and cold wind chill nothing dampened the enthusiasm as visitors were treated to the sights and sounds of marching bands, majorettes, local community, businesses, clubs and schools.

Over 40 groups with 1,500 participants took part in the parade which was an explosion of colour. There were different floats which featured large multicultural elements, music, dance and entertainment all celebrating the spirit of St. Patrick, which started at the Town Hall and finished along the Seafront.


Mick Glynn, Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Festival Bray Committee said ‘The atmosphere at today’s Parade was electric despite it being very cold. We are delighted to welcome the many visitors to our town for the festival which has really grown in the last number of years’.

‘There’s still plenty to see and do in Bray this bank holiday weekend and the award-winning has all the festival information to help you plan your visit’ added Mick Glynn.

Here are the highlights:

  • Birds Euroshow is open daily from 12 noon until Bank Holiday Monday, March 19th.
  • You can learn how to Irish dance on Sunday, March 18th then afterwards enjoy an open-air céilí with The Berry Irish Dance Academy.
  • Enjoy Julie Rose as she wows audiences young and old with her collection of Puppet Shows from Punch and Judy to Oisín in Tír na nÓg also on Sunday, March 18th.
  • The Bray Head Walk is back this year with Bray Adventures and new for this year is a historical walk. Brian White of the Bray Cualann Historical Society will conduct a walking tour of Bray Main Street. The tour will trace Bray’s links with Shamrock, serpents, patriotic visitors and events that occurred in Bray during St Patrick’s week.
  • On Monday, March 19th watch Monsieur Gusto perform some spectacular outdoor circus performances including handstands, magic, juggling & escapology routines.
  • Or why not simply soak up the atmosphere over the St. Patrick’s long weekend and listen to the jigs and reels in the many venues throughout the town.

‘We would like to extend a huge thank you to the many volunteers, businesses, families, artists, community groups and clubs that helped to make this year’s festival and parade happen. We could not have done it without you and to show our appreciation our parade prize giving ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 27th at 7 pm at the Town Hall’ concluded Mick.

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 here. Keep up to date with the latest festival news by following us on Twitter @Bray_ie or like us on Facebook @BrayTown.



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