50,000 expected at Cork St Patrick’s Day parade - calls for centenary celebrations to take centre stage 

50,000 expected at Cork St Patrick’s Day parade - calls for centenary celebrations to take centre stage 
Members of the Cork City Judo Club at the 2019 Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade which is organised by Cork City Council.Pic DARRAGH KANE

UP to 50,000 spectators are expected to attend this years’ St Patrick’s Day parade in Cork City.

The theme for this years’ parade hasn’t officially been announced yet by Cork City Council, however, it’s likely to be based around the centenary celebrations taking place across the city.

Sinn Féin Councillors Henry Cremin and Fiona Kerins had called for the theme of this years’ St Patrick’s Day parade to be based around “1920 - a year in Cork & Ireland’s revolutionary story”.

They are hoping for participants in the parade to reflect on the events of the time.

The motion was heard at the February meeting of Cork City Council, with agreement that the parade would be based on the decade of the centenary and the reflection of Cork’s role in that period.

Councillor Henry Cremin said that the final wording of the theme had yet to be confirmed, but was very happy with the outcome that everyone participating in the parade will be encouraged to reflect that time period in their floats.

He said that while it’s “very appropriate that we use this to highlight the centenary” he acknowledged that “there will still be a variety of floats there.”

“We can use this opportunity to make people attending the parade aware, and to promote upcoming events,” Mr Cremin said.

2020 marks the centenary of a number of major incidents in both the state and Cork’s history, including the Burning of Cork, and the deaths of two former Lord Mayors - Terence MacSwiney and Tomás MacCurtain.

Although not confirmed yet, according to council documentation this years’ parade is due to begin at 1pm on South Mall.

 The parade will then travel via Grand Parade, down Patrick Street and will culminate at the western end of Merchant’s Quay at approximately 3pm. Applications for groups interested in taking part can apply up until Monday, February 17.

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