Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow in 2015 – 2019 (5 years of memories)

Today is Saint Patrick`s Day. Unfortunately St Patrick’s Day parades across the country have been cancelled.

St. Patrick’s Day parades around world was not be taking place for 2020 amid public health concerns over coronavirus Covid-19. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Carlow has been cancelled on 9th March.

Every year I participated in the parade in Carlow Town. So, today I want to bring back memories and show my photos and videos from Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow in 2015 – 2019. Here are 5 years of memories.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2019

The Parade commenced 17th of March at 4 o’clock, as planned, from the same starting point as in previous years, the Old Perry’s Cash & Carry premises near Carlow Post Office. Some of those took part are arriving from earlier parades around the county. The Parade traveled up Kennedy Avenue, turning left onto Potato Market, left onto Tullow Street before turning right onto Dublin Street at the Sue Ryder Shop and left onto Centaur Street to Hay Market where the festival took place from 12 pm -6 pm. Approx. 1,500 people were to attend.

I don`t have photos from the Parade in 2019. I made only short video. Because I did not recharge my camera on time.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2019 – video

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2018

In 2018 parade was the “frostiest parade”. It was really cold, the temperature around 3 degrees Celsius, which is very low for March and Ireland. That same evening, it was snowing all over County Carlow. The parade began as planned, at 15.30 at Old Perry’s Cash and Carry on Kennedy Street, passed through Kennedy Ave and ended with a family day of fun at Potato Market, in the center of Carlow. It gathered a lot of participants and spectators. A large screen was also available on the Potato Market to watch the rugby match in Ireland and England. As every year at the Carlow Parade, local schools, sports clubs, social organizations, local entrepreneurs, dance groups, associations and communities presented themselves in their colors, there was also a group representing Poles living here (Equal Chances Polish School). Three local orchestras took part in the march: Carlow Pipe Band, Killeshin Pipe Band and Presentation School Band. It’s hard to imagine a parade without these bands. In addition, this year’s Parade was attended by a group of about 30 athletes, coaches and leaders of local Special Olympics Games (Grand Marshall 2018). As special guests in the Parade were: Bavarian band – Bavarian Brass Band and Acrobats from Dublin Circus Project.That year it was not only a walking parade, there were also platforms and antique cars that aroused great interest. Jaguars, Cadillaki, Chevrolets, Rolls Royce, Mustangs, Mercedes … from Carlow Vintage and Classic Motor Club presented on St. Patrick’s Day.

Interesting facts: The Disney platform, commemorating Carlow’s strong ties with Walt Disney (Walt Disney’s ancestors come from Carlow County), appeared for the second time at the Carlow Parade, this year it was selected and won the competition for the best platform. Platform also appeared on Ray Darcy Show on RTE 1 TV among twenty other top platforms selected from all over Ireland. Deservedly, the platform with Walt Disney received the first place in the competition for the best performance at the Carlow Parade. Second place is the Bavarian band – Bavarian Brass Band. Third place went to the Involvement Center group (characters from Alice in Wonderland). All winners were selected by three independent judges on the same day. The Polish group – Equal Chances Polish School, on the other hand, received a special Community Award – sponsored by Senator Jennifer Murnane.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2018 – video
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2018 – photos

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2017

Carlow St. Patricks Day Parade 2017 was be headed up by the Carlow Post 29 Irish United Nations Veterans Association. In 2017 the theme of parade was “Love Carlow” and this was incorporated into the design of floats, showing how and what you love about Carlow. And floats made a welcome return to the streets. Gathering was at 2.30pm and was starting at 3.30pm. The parade was move along along Kennedy Ave, Barrack St, Tullow St, Burrin Street to finished at Water Lane Car Park.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2017 – video
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2017 – photos

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2016

In 2016 the parade on the occasion of the national holiday of Ireland began in the town of Carlow at 15:30. As usual, she gathered a lot of participants and spectators. Streets and shop windows have been festively decorated in national colors. As every year, local schools, sports clubs, social organizations, local entrepreneurs, dance groups, associations and communities presented themselves in their colors. There was also a group representing Poles living here. Three local orchestras, the newly formed Carlow Pipe Band, Killeshin Pipe Band and Presentation School Band took part in the march. According to the celebrations of the centenary of the 1916 Easter Uprising this year and the memory of those who fought and died for Ireland’s freedom, the theme of the parade was “Carlow 1916-2016”. In 2016 it was only a walking parade, there were no platforms and antique cars that usually attracted the most interest. The decision that only marching groups would take part in the parade was taken by the organizers for safety reasons and due to the expected increased number of spectators on the streets. According to the organizers, the residents’ reaction to this decision was very positive, everyone understood the rationale that the parade would be safer and more accessible, especially for children and the elderly. It was the second St. Patrick’s Day parade I participated in Carlow. This year the parade was accompanied by beautiful sunny weather. I made over 200 photos. The first part is the start of the parade on Kennedy Ave. The parade began with a performance of the Carlow Pipe Band. The latest part of “Star Wars” – “The Force Awakens” – was filmed, among others. in Ireland, hence the presence of the characters from the saga in the parade. The second part is the passage of the parade through the city’s main street – Tullow Street. Although this year’s parade attracted more viewers, it was more modest compared to 2015, with fewer participants marching in the parade itself. A great plus this year was the beautiful, sunny weather.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2016 – photos

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2015

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Carlow 2015 – photos

In 2015 was my first parade I participated in Carlow.

Carlow’s Ambassador for Sport and Carlow’s Rose to lead the St. Patrick’s Day parade Grand Marshals for the Carlow town parade on St. Patrick’s Day have been announced with the honour going to acclaimed local and international athlete, County Sports Person of the Year and Ambassador for Sport Marcus Lawler as well as reigning Carlow Rose Miriam Smyth. The parade will be led by a colourful party from the Reserve Defence Forces. Local dignitaries will view the parade from the review stand outside Teach Dolmain,Tullow Street. Participating bands include the Presentation School Band, the Killeshin Pipe Band and St. Brigid’s Athy and District Pipe Band. Sporting clubs, voluntary organisations, dance groups as well as schools, stage societies and the business community are all getting behind this year’s parade as walking groups or festive floats. Local traders and the business community will have shop windows and premises decked out in festive colours and displays and in keeping with the global project of greening public buildings across the five continents on St. Patrick’s Day local landmarks will go all green for the festival weekend. The Carlow parade will assemble from 2.30 p.m. with the parade moving off at 3.30 p.m. Walking groups will gather in Penneys Carpark while floats and vehicles will line up on Burrin Street which will be closed to through traffic from 2.30 p.m. on the day. Upon departure of the parade from Penny’s, it turns right onto Kennedy Avenue, up Barrack Street, down the length of Tullow Street, left onto Burrin Street and then left again onto Kennedy Avenue to finish up where it started outside Penny’s. (source Catrow Tourism).

Great memories! I hope in 2021 we will have the greatest ever parade in Carlow Town.

Malgorzata

Blogger. Volunteer. Enthusiast of photography, nature, architecture, and cultural events. Since 2014 living in County Carlow in Ireland.

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