02 Jul 2022

Calling all groups! Here's how to take part in Kilkenny's St Patrick's Day Parade

There is also an opportunity for any group who want to join a choregraphed pageant


llr Eugene McGuinness, Cllr Andrew McGuinness, Mayor of Kilkenny City, Cllr Joe Malone,Chairperson of the St. Patrick's Festival Committee, Martin Bridgeman and Festival Director Marian Flannery.

Are you a Kilkenny-based club, community group, charity, sports group, tourist organisation, school or business? Then St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny wants you to get involved!  

As the world re-opens, St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny are delighted to once again host an in-person parade in Kilkenny city. The parade will be the centre of this year’s six-day St Patrick’s Festival. The live in-person parade will feature pageantry, entertainment and the clubs, businesses and organisations of Kilkenny, bringing everyone together in celebration, and showcasing the creativity and community of the people of Kilkenny.  

The Theme for the 2022 parade is ‘Run with the Wolves’ and groups are encouraged to incorporate the theme into their parade entry, if possible. (It is of course optional!) The theme has been chosen to acknowledge the work of the Kilkenny animation studio Cartoon Saloon whose movie ‘WolfWalkers’ received an Oscar nomination in 2021.

Wolfwalkers is set in Kilkenny in 1650 and tells the tale of Maebh, Robyn and the WolfWalkers. Famous Kilkenny landmarks can be seen throughout the film and inspiration for the Woods comes from our wealth of woodland around the county. If you’re looking for inspiration Wolfwalkers the movie is available to watch on AppleTV.  

Those who wish to enter the Parade are asked to complete and submit the form in this week’s paper or log on to https:// stpatricksfestivalkilkenny. com/parade-application-form- 2022/  

There are prizes to be won by entering the parade with four categories of prize winners 1) Most Creative and Entertaining 2) Best Young People 3) Best Rural 4) Best School and 5) Best interpretation of the Theme.  The winners will be announced on the festival stage on the day, followed by a special award ceremony with the Mayor of Kilkenny in the Town Hall later in the month. 

The Kilkenny St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Thursday, March 17 at 1.30pm. The Parade Route will go from John Street, to Rose Inn Street, The Parade (Review stand), High Street, and finish at the Market Yard. The 2022 Grand Marshal is Paralympian Mary Fitzgerald. 

For groups who want to bring the theme into their float entry, Cartoon Saloon have created a pack of templates to create your own wolf mask and solider armour simply out of cardboard and colours. These templates will be available to download from  

There is also a super opportunity for any group who want to join a choregraphed pageant which will form a central part of the parade.   

This is a joint initiative between Kilkenny County Council’s St Patrick’s Festival Committee, Kilkenny-Carlow ETB and Cartoon Saloon. Kilkenny/Carlow ETB are willing to assign art tutors to any community groups interested in participating (group members must be over 18 years of age) should contact:  Siobhan.OBrien@ 

Cllr Joe Malone, Chairperson of the committee said: “It’s great that our St. Patrick’s Festival is getting back to full swing this year. The Parade is such a big part of it and it’s always great to see all different parts of our community come together. I’d encourage all community groups and organisations to get your groups together and get involved in Kilkenny’s first in-person St Patrick’s Day Parade in three years! Be a part of the action as we reconnect and celebrate together!”  

Talking about the theme Cllr Andrew McGuinness, Mayor of Kilkenny, said: “The Run with the Wolves theme and the continued collaboration with Cartoon Saloon is great to see. This festival is about connecting with our community to celebrate our culture and creativity and Cartoon Saloon are exactly that! It’ll be great to see all the community collaborations and all the wolves on street during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade."

More information about St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny and this year’s programme can be found at or on Facebook at @StPatricksDayKilkenny 

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