Multi-cultural theme for St Patrick’s Day parade

Multi-cultural theme for St Patrick’s Day parade


Pakie Wall (97) from Kilmihil, Grand Marshall in last year’s Ennis St Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo: Gary Collins

Clare County Council is inviting groups, businesses, societies and clubs from every Clare parish, village and town to take part in the 2017 Ennis St. Patrick’s Day Parade which takes place on Friday 17th March at 11.00 a.m.

In excess of 10,000 people lined the streets of the Clare capital during last year’s parade, which featured 50 groups representing the many aspects of life in Ennis and County Clare. The theme for this year’s Parade is ‘Ennis – A Multi Cultural Town’, which the Local Authority says provides participating groups, organisations, bands, schools and individuals a broad scope within which they can reflect the various cultures in their float or group activity.

There will be an overall prize of €400 for the ‘Best Group or Float’ while all parade participants will be included in an open draw for one of four prizes of €150 each. Among the international visitors to Ennis for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a group of fifty from Langenfeld, Ennis’ German twinning partner, and a one hundred strong Russian group.

In welcoming the theme of this year’s parade, Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Ann Norton, said, “The Parade offers an opportunity to the people of Ennis and Clare to celebrate our multicultural community and how all of our lives have been enriched by the contributions of people from differing backgrounds, cultures and traditions. I look forward to joining the celebrations on the day.”

Application forms are available from or contact Padraig Cullinan, Ennis Municipal District, on 065 6846545.

Alternatively, follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@ennisparade). Fully completed applications must be returned on or before Friday 24th February 2017, to ensure your group is included in this year’s line-up.