2010 Limerick St Patricks Day Festival

The 2010 Limerick St Patrick’s Festival will celebrate everything that is great about the Treaty City with an I LOVE LIMERICK theme, it was announced today.

Festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick with a parade that celebrates all that the Riverside City has to offer.

The theme of I Love Limerick can be interpreted in a number of ways, participants can decide to design a float/entry to show their pride in their home city, their school, business, sports club or community event so there is plenty of scope to be creative.

Children from senior infants in St Patrick’s Girls National School on the Dublin Road launched the theme of the parade today (Monday) with a giant green heart which they created and will enter as part of their festival entry for March 17th.

All sporting, cultural, community, business and social organisations are invited to take part in the event which takes place on Tuesday, March 17th.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely is appealing to everyone to get involved.

“There are so many events taking place in Limerick this year that 2010 will be a great year to showcase and celebrate our city,” he said. “St Patrick’s Day is our national holiday and it is an opportunity for a great family day out with lots of colour, music and entertainment. Community spirit is now more vital than ever and I want everyone to come along and enjoy the fun.”

The National Lottery Skyfest as part of the national St Patrick’s Festival celebrations will kick off festivities in Limerick on Saturday, March 13th.
The Limerick International Band Competition now in its 40h year will begin at 12noon on Sunday, March 14th and the colourful Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade will also start at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 17th.

The Limerick St Patrick’s Festival is run on behalf of the Limerick Co-Ordination Office by Futureama Productions.

“Last year, the gardai estimated that 60,000 people attended the festivities in Limerick making it the second largest parade held in the country and the biggest parade in the city for the last ten years,” said Fran O’Donnell, managing director, Futureama Productions.

“We’re working hard on the International Band Competition this year for the 40th anniversary and even though resources are tight for many bands, we’re hoping for a great turn-out. 

We’re encouraging participants to be inventive and creative with their ideas for floats—with the National Lottery Skyfest, the 40th International Band Competition and a huge parade we want the 2010 festivities in Limerick to be the best yet,” Mr O’Donnell added.

Anyone wishing to take part in this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade or Band Competition can download an application form from www.festivalslimerick.com or www.limerickcoordination.ie or telephone 061-400200.

The deadline for entry to the band competition and the St Patrick’s Day parade is Friday, February 19th.

Schools, groups or companies that need help or inspiration in creating their parade entry can also log onto www.limerickcoordination.ie for ideas.

For further details contact Futureama Productions on 061-400200, log onto www.festivalslimerick.com  or check out www.limerickcoordination.ie

Full details of the Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 2010 will be revealed later this month.

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Tuesday, March 9th 2010

The Limerick International Band Parade and Competition is expected to attract thousands of spectators on to the streets of the Treaty city this weekend as the 2010 Limerick St Patrick’s festival gets underway!

Almost six hundred musicians from marching bands around Ireland, the USA, Germany, Africa and Northern Ireland will join Limerick’s finest to showcase their talents with adrenalin pumping music for all the family to enjoy this Sunday, March 14th at 12 noon.

One of the largest bands (80 pax) is the Pride of Acadiana band from Lafayette, Louisiana, USA who will perform in Ireland for the first time.
Other large marching bands include Banna Cluain Meana from Clonmel (100 musicians) and the 84 strong Mullingar Town Band.

The Ballyduff Silver Band from Northern Ireland, the Quintessenz Band from Germany and the African I Love my Life Musical Band will join six of Limerick’s finest bands for the competition.
The Band Parade will start in O’Connell Avenue and end in Arthur’s Quay Park with a free concert to the public.

Eoghan Prendergast, Limerick Development Division Manager, Shannon Development, said
“We are delighted to support the Limerick International Band Parade and Competition which is celebrating a unique anniversary this year. We’re particularly pleased to be renewing our association with John Cox from Atlantic Group Tours and we hope to build on this relationship and bring more bands to Limerick in the years ahead.  The International Band Competition is a key part of Shannon Development’s effort to bring international visitors to Limerick and we will work with Atlantic Group tours to significantly increasing the number of bands, and the time they spend in Limerick, in the coming years.”

Last update:09/03/2010