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Join us on the streets of Dublin for the spectacular National St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 17 2024!

The National St. Patrick’s Day Parade really is the centre of the world on St. Patrick’s Day – a genuinely bucket-list worthy adventure in Ireland’s capital city, which lies at the heart of the global celebration of our Irish culture, heritage and people.

Join half a million spectators who gather each March to witness over 4,000 Parade participants including marching bands from all across the globe in a thunderous display of music and pageantry, extravagantly dressed performers, troupes of colourful, cascading dancers and a spectacular display of extravagant floats as they wind their way through the historic streets of Dublin.

With a bursting sense of raucous celebration firmly at its core, the Parade proudly showcases the spark of creativity, imagination, laughter and joy that our wonderful people are so widely known for.

Driven by the values of community, diversity and inclusion, joy and sustainability, the Festival continues to work with Ireland’s foremost creative pageant companies including Bui Bolg, Spraoi, Inishowen Carnival, The Outing Queer Arts Collective, and Artastic.

A fantastic new pageant has been commissioned featuring a collaboration between the St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin City Council and the North East Inner City Initiative. With over 180 participants putting their best foot forward , the pageant will honour and celebrate the energy, resilience and talent that make up the community of the NEIC, shining a light of positivity on the Talent, Strength, Hope, Diversity and Joy in this community

Bui Bolg once again partners with Kia for an exciting new pageant exploring the link between Spréach, electric vehicle technology, and the circular economy; while the Olympic Federation of Ireland will look forward to Paris 2024, while also celebrating 100 years of Irish participation in the Olympic Games. With half a million spectators expected to line this year’s route, the Parade will feature 6 large scale pageants, 11 showpieces and 14 marching bands from across Ireland, North America and France and over 4,000 participants in what is shaping up to be the largest ever National St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The theme of this year’s Festival and Parade is ‘Spréach’, the Irish word for Spark, which represents the unique essence of Ireland and of Irish People. It’s what sets us apart and what brings us together, and oftentimes it’s the reason that people from all over the world have a special place in their hearts for Irish people, place and culture.

The Festival has worked with pageant companies and partners to explore the different interpretations of Spréach – whether that’s the glint of craic in the eye that is so familiar to Irish people, or whether that’s the light of innovation and discovery so present throughout our history. Whether that’s the fire in our bellies, so evident in our sporting heritage, or about the flame of creativity that is so rightly celebrated throughout the world through our writers, poets, musicians, artists, actors and all our amazing creatives. Spréach is about celebrating that uniquely Irish spark of life.

There is no better way to enjoy all the colour and spectacle of the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade than from the comfort of your own seat in one of our Grandstands.

Each Grandstand offers covered, tiered, allocated seating, strategically located at six different areas along the Parade route. See and experience the Parade from a unique location, as our Grandstand Hosts provide lively commentary to our guests, telling the story of the parade as it unfolds right in front of you.

Please note that grandstand tickets for St. Patrick's Festival 2025 are estimated to be on sale in September 2024.

Grandstand Tickets

Located at the very start of the Parade route, our Parnell Grandstands are situated on one of Dublin’s finest Georgian Squares overlooking the beautiful Garden of Remembrance.

Price €100
Buy Tickets for Parnell Square

This grandstand is located on O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare and the ceremonial centre of the Parade route.

Located just outside the historic GPO, these seats offer unparalleled views right at the heart of all the action on the Parade route and the ceremonial opening of the Parade.

Price €250
Buy Tickets for O'Connell Street

Our Grandstands on Westmoreland Street, offer wonderful views of the Parade and are ideally located for those wishing to explore the delights of a number of tourist attractions including Dublin’s lively and historic Temple Bar area.

Price €120
Buy Tickets for Westmoreland Street

Situated just outside Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jury’s Hotel), our Christchurch Grandstands provide an excellent location for those who are staying in this part of the city.

The seats overlook the iconic Christchurch Cathedral which has stood in the heart of Dublin for over 1,000 years.

Price €120
Buy Tickets for Christchurch

These grandstands are located in a historic part of the city right beside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is believed that the location where the Cathedral now stands was the site where St. Patrick baptised people into Christianity back in 450AD.

Our St. Patrick’s Grandstands offer fantastic views of the Parade and are an ideal location for those staying in the numerous hotels nearby.

Price €100
Buy Tickets for St. Patrick’s Cathedral

These grandstand seats offer amazing views of one of the main performance areas of the Parade as its cast of thousands of performers cross over O’Connell Bridge, which spans over the River Liffey in the very centre of Dublin.

Price €150
Buy Tickets for O’Connell Bridge View

VIP Hospitality Packages

We're also delighted to offer special hospitality packages that will make your day more unforgettable, including grandstand tickets followed by a celebratory lunch.

Treat yourself and your friends to a bucket-list experience this St. Patrick's Day!

Grandstand ticket, lunch and live music at the acclaimed Blas Café

This hospitality package offers guests the opportunity to view the iconic National Parade on St. Patrick's Day from specially reserved covered grandstands seats in Parnell Square, overlooking the Garden of Remembrance.

After the Parade, guests will be guided to the venue for a delicious buffet-style lunch, accompanied by a lively performance of Irish traditional music.

The event will be catered by the acclaimed Blas Café as they bring their modern twist on traditional Irish food in this hidden cultural hub in the heart of Dublin city.

Price €230

Buy Tickets for Parnell Square Hospitality Package

Grandstand ticket, lunch & live music at The College Green Hotel, formerly known as The Westin Hotel

This luxury St. Patrick's Parade Hospitality Package offers guests the opportunity to view the iconic National Parade on St. Patrick's Day from specially reserved covered grandstand seats on Westmoreland Street, an extremely popular area from which to view the Parade.

Following the Parade, guests will be escorted to the beautiful surroundings of the College Green Hotel, formerly known as the Westin Hotel, a truly iconic 5-star hotel that blends contemporary chic with the historic grandeur of Dublin city.

There you will be welcomed to the opulent and historic Banking Hall for a post-Parade delicious buffet lunch of classic Irish fare, accompanied by a live performance of authentic Irish traditional music.

Price €260
Buy Tickets for Westmoreland Street Hospitality Package

This St. Patrick's Parade Hospitality Package offers guests the opportunity to view the iconic National Parade on St. Patrick's Day from specially reserved covered grandstand seats located right beside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

These grandstands are particularly special, as they are located close to the very spot where St. Patrick himself is said to have blessed a well!

Following the Parade, guests will be guided to The Hyatt Centric based in one of the oldest parts of Dublin, The Liberties. A delicious two-course meal with tea/coffee will be served in the lovely surroundings of the Hyatt Centric whilst you continue your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day being entertained by a lively performance of Irish traditional music.

Price €240
Buy Tickets for St. Patrick’s Day Parade Hospitality Package

Some information about each of the spectacular marching bands who took place in St. Patrick's Festival 2024.

Please note that marching band applications are closed for 2025 and 2026, applications for 2027 will open later this year. For further information on marching band applications please visit this page.

Clondalkin Youth Band

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From: Dublin​
Director: Mr Neal Christopher​
Numbers: 77

Homewood High School Patriot Band


From: Alabama, USA​
Director: Chris Cooper​
Numbers: 307

The Pride of Clover Marching Band

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From: Clover, South Carolina, USA​
Director: Rick Langdale Jnr​
Numbers: 155

University of Missouri - Marching Mizzou

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From: Colombia, Missouri​, USA
Director: Dr. Amy Knopps​
Numbers: 300

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Fighting Irish Marching Band

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From: Ohio USA​
Director: Brian Campbell​
Numbers: 71

Science Hill High School Hilltopper Marching Band


From: Tennessee,USA​
Director: Dr. Carson Vermillion​
Numbers: 100

Youngsville High School Marching Eagles

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From: Pennsylvania, USA​
Director: Cynthia Scheid​
Numbers: 23

John F. Kennedy High School Shamrock Regiment

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From: California, USA​
Director: Dr. Joshua Parsons​
Numbers: 67​

Bagad Kemper

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From: Brittany, France​
Director: Gwendal Poder
Numbers: 35

In association with the French Embassy in Ireland

Olentangy Orange High School Marching Pioneers

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From: Ohio​
Director: Josh Boyer
Numbers: 175

Flute Band Association of Northern Ireland

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From: Northern Ireland​
Director: Gillian Bryson​
Numbers: 30

Lakeville South Marching Cougars

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From: Minnesota, USA​
Director: Chad Bienik & Nick Castonguay​
Numbers: 110

Noblesville High School Marching Millers


From: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA​
Director: Eric Thornbury​
Numbers: 110

Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band

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From: North Carolina, USA​
Director: Dr. Jack A. Eaddy, Jr​
Numbers: 265

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