The National St Patrick's Festival has announced their line-up of events for this Paddy's Day weekend in Dublin.
The theme of this year's festival is 'One', extending an invite to people from all over the world to 'come to Dublin and celebrate together as one' this St Patrick's Day.
This year's programme will take place from Thursday, 16th March through to Saturday, 18th March 2023.
St Patrick's Day Parade 2023
Half a million spectators are expected to line the route for this year's St Patrick's Day parade on the streets of Dublin, with the parade itself set to be the largest ever, featuring 7 creative pageants, 10 transitional showpiece performances, 15 marching bands from across Ireland, North America and Canada, and over 4,000 participants in total.
Groups taking to the streets include Macnas, Junk Kouture, the Discovery Gospel Choir, Dublin Pride, Spraoi, Artastic, Inishowen Carnival and some special Disney friends. In addition, Bui Bolg and Kia are collaborating on an exciting new pageant entitled The Future That Moves Us, bringing an interactive AR element in the parade for the very first time.
A new strand for the 2023 Parade is Suntas! (take notice!), featuring giant 'creative interventions' on iconic buildings around Dublin, animating the city in the run up to the Festival.
Festival Quarter at Collins Barracks
After a successful debut in 2022, this year will also see the return of the Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. A short walk from the city centre opposite Heuston Station, this iconic city space will play host to three full days of music, performances and family-friendly events from 16th to 18th March, with a line-up including street theatre, interactive games, circus and science shows, talks, film screenings and more.
The grounds of Collins Barracks will feature performances in the Spiegeltent Mór and Spiegeltent Beag, a 3,000 capacity outdoor Main Stage with performances from the likes of Pillow Queens, Elaine Mai, Kíla, Junior Brother and many more, a 'story yurt', relaxation areas, a mini-funfair including a ferris wheel, plus an Irish food and craft village.
On opening night, Thursday 16th March, Cultúr Club will see LGBTQ+ club promoters, Mother present a unique evening of Irish culture; highlights will include Cultúr Club, the first ever LGBTQ+ 'Géilí' with podcaster and performer PJ Kirby, followed by the Queen of Ireland herself, Panti Bliss and her dance partner, Denys Salmon, currently wowing TV audiences on RTÉ's Dancing with the Stars.
RTÉ Choice Music Prize-nominated Elaine Mai joins us together with MayKay and Sinéad White for a very special, one-time-only performance of club classics and their own hits at Cultúr Club - St Patrick's Festival Quarter on the 16th of March.#CultúrClub #SPF23 #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/Ugdkm5qrWv— Mother Club (@MotherDublin) January 12, 2023
From 12pm on Friday 17 March, St. Patrick's Day, the Festival Quarter will be a hive of events, happenings, music, song and dance for people of all ages, including the hugely popular Céilí Mór.
All daytime events across the weekend, plus the full day and night programme on St Patrick’s Day, are completely free of charge - night-time events at Festival Quarter on Thursday 16th March and Saturday 18th March will require a pre-purchased ticket – valid for all evening performances on those dates.
The Festival Quarter will be open to all ages in the daytime, but will be reserved for adults only from 6 pm to 10.30 pm across the three days.
In addition, as part of a curated programme of events in collaboration with cultural partners around the city, the One City Festival Programme will present everything from art exhibitions to yoga classes, orchestral performances to brand new theatre pieces, walking tours to skiff racing.
Get tickets to events plus further information on the National St. Patrick's Festival here.