Interested groups have just a few days left to submit applications to participate in this year’s Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade.
Organised by Cork City Council, the St Patrick’s Festival will take place from March 16 to 18, with over 50,000 visitors expected to attend the Parade on Saturday, March 17. The theme of this year’s parade is Democracy for All - 100 Years of the Vote for Women.
To mark the centenary, this year's Grand Marshall will consist of a collective of female political representatives of Cork, rather than an individual. This will include current and former members of the Oireachtas and European Parliament, former Lords Mayor and current and former City councillors. Deceased members will be represented by family members.
“I am delighted that the theme will be reflected throughout the Parade by community groups, large floats and street performers,” Lord Mayor of Cork Tony Fitzgerald said.
Organisers are promising a carnival of colour, music, pageantry and comic fun. Commissions by local arts organisations Cork Community Art Link and Dowtcha Puppets, plus national groups such as Spraoi and Bui Bolg are in progress, creating innovative floats celebrating the theme.
A commission by Cork Community Art Link’s work will tell the story of the path to securing the vote for women and is being produced in conjunction with a variety of local groups including Blackpool Youth Centre, Cope Foundation, St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Cork City Firebirds and the National Learning Network.
Spraoi will use large-scale puppets and human performers to showcase the importance and the impact of the women’s suffrage movement, while Bui Bolg will present a large ballot box with some dramatic interactive elements.
Any groups or societies interested in taking part in the festival need to apply to Cork City council by next Wednesday, February 28. Forms are available from www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie.
The Parade will begin at 1pm on St Patrick’s Day. Full details of parking, park and ride bus facilities and traffic restrictions will be available on www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie in advance of parade day.
The Festival is also on Facebook @corkstpatricksfestival and on Twitter @corkpaddysfest.