Marching bands, floats, cartoon characters, Glee, Claire Mullholland, The Memphis Blue Cats, The Jackson Three, The Parade Plaza Hop and Big Guns are just some of the attractions for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Kilkenny city.
It promises to be the most entertaining yet, taking no less that three MCs to get through the day; George Candler will be joined by KCLR personalities Edwina Grace and Martin Bridgeman to present the action-packed line up.
Kilkenny doesn’t just excel at hurling, it has All-Ireland standard musical entertainers also. So get out your of green and come on down to the new Parade Plaza.
While this is happening, as the St Patricks Day floats gather themselves for the take off, the waiting crowds will be entertained at the top of John Street by The Whiskey Kings, as well as stilt walkers and jugglers. At the Canal Square, Callan girls will be juggling and fire-eating, and for those who are a bit peckish the farmers market will feed you on the Mayors Walk!
MacDonagh Junction has once again arranged a programme of entertainment to be enjoyed by all the family. Commencing at 2pm before the city parade (at 4pm), there will be musical performances from Jason Ryan and Starlight Productions. St Patrick’s Day would not be complete without a good set of Irish dancing so the Evelyn White Irish Dancers will put on a performance before they take part in the parade. The Dragons Lair Martial Arts Club will demonstrate a selection of their skills while girls from Dance Box Studios will perform some hip hop dance routines to get the audience ready for the parade. And that is not all, for those who want to relax and unwind with a coffee, after the performances Adam Nolan will play a variety of songs on saxophone.As well as these performances there will be face painting and balloon shaping.
At 4pm, the young actress Christen Mooney who played the character of Aisling from Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Secret of Kells’ will lead the Parade onto the streets of Kilkenny along with many of Cartoon Saloons own beloved characters. Cartoon Saloon’s success as an Academy Award nominee for best feature film illustrates the incredible creative talent that we boast here in the Marble City.
Aisling will lead groups through the streets to the entertaining George Candler who will be reviewing the floats at the parade junction. Participants this year, as always, will represent everything good in Kilkenny - community groups, sports groups, youth groups, dance troops schools and businesses.
High Street will also be dancing to swinging supergroup ‘The Memphis Bluecats’, strutting their stuff at the Tholsel.
The final part of the day will be held from 5.30pm to 8.30pm Rock the Plaza with MC Martin Bridgeman. Opened by Big Guns and followed by the best of Kilkenny up and coming talent - Johnny Scribble, Almost Original, Deleted Scenes, Sidetracked, Rescue Remedy and Pyrotechnics.
As if this wasn’t enough, Young Irish Film Makers will be celebrating their 20th Birthday by setting up their very own TV studio on the Parade Plaza – so look out for young people with their cameras on the streets of Kilkenny as the YIFM crew will be recording live footage of the parade throughout the day as part of their broadcast.
If the excitement in Kilkenny isn’t enough, a lot of fun can be had at: Inistoige’s captivating Children’s Parade with themes ranging from nursery rhyme to Viking times and from the Woodstock Music Festival to the Wild West. (at 2.00pm), or Graignamanagh, set to be awash with the usual cheering, smiling crowds and julibation (parade at 12.30), or maybe Urlingford with its fantastic enteries from such reputed names as the Vintage Car Club(Parade at 12.30pm).