UPWARDS of 50,000 people will visit Cork for the annual St Patrick’s Festival this March.
The theme of this year’s festival, from March 15 to the 18, is ‘Stories of Cork’
The parade, on Sunday, March 17, will involve up to 3,000 participants, with some entrants coming from as far away as the United States.
Lord Mayor Mick Finn said: “The 2019 Cork St. Patrick’s Festival celebrates the rich and diverse fabric of life in Cork, and reflects the great variety of people that now call our city home. We welcome Corkonians and visitors alike to Leeside.”
Commissions by local arts organisations, such as Cork Community Art Link and Dowtcha Puppets, plus national groups, such as Spraoi, Buí Bolg and LuxE, are in progress. They are creating innovative floats for the parade.
Along with the entertaining flock of Cork Gulls created by Dowtcha Puppets, who have been working for weeks with local performing groups and St John’s College, a huge puppet of St. Patrick will accompany them on the route.