Wednesday 15th March 2017

St. Patrick's Day parades in Waterford City and County.

St. Patrick's Day parades in Waterford City and County.

Waterford City

Start time and location: The Parade begins at 1pm at The Glen.

Route: The parade will leave The Glen at 1pm and travel towards Thomas St, down on to the Quay, along the Mall and on to Parnell.

Best places to watch it from: The Quay and The Mall will have designated viewing spots, but you will have a great view anywhere along the route.

Best places to park while you watch the parade: City Centre car parks or street parking on the outskirts of the city.

Estimated number of attendees: Approx 40,000 people are expected to attend.

Road Closures and diversions:

From 11:30am to 5pm the following closures will be in place:

Merchants Quay, Meagher’s Quay, Coal, Quay, Custom House Quay, Parade Quay, The Mall, Parnell St, Catherine St, Colbeck St, Lady Lane (between Francis Place and Colbeck St), Bank Lane, Beau St, Mall Lane, Lombard St (between Rose Lane and The Mall), Adelpi Quay (between Rose Lane and Parade Quay), Bailey’s New St, Greyfriars, Coffee House Lane, Henrietta St, Keyser St, Exchange St, Conduit Lane, Barronstrand St, Gladstone St, O’Connell St, Thomas Hill (between Meeting House Lane and O’Connell St), Vulcan St, Thomas St and The Glen.

Diversions will be in place via Passage Rd, St Patricks Way, The Folly, Inner Ring Rd, Ashe Rd, Cannon St, Morrisons Rd, Military Rd, Summerhill and Bridge St.

Any other info: The theme for the festival this year is 'Do it The Green Way,' which is a celebration of the imminent opening of the Waterford Greenway. The participants in the parade will gather at The Glen which will be closed from 11:30am.

Tramore

Start time and location: Parade starts at 3pm taking off from the Cannonsfield church car park.

Route: The parade will leave the church and go down Main Street and over Broad Street by the Grand Hotel. It will then turn down Galwey's Hill and Turkey Road finishing at the Old Train Station by the Majestic Hotel.

Best places to watch it from: Down along Main Street, Galweys Hill and from the viewing stand on Lower Branch Road near its end point at the Old Train Station.

Estimated number of attendees: Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend.

Road Closures and diversions: Rolling road closures will be in place from 1:30pm until the end of the parade and Gardai will be on point duty. Traffic that is not in the area for the parade is asked to avoid the area where possible.

Any other info: Walking groups will assemble in the Priest Road Car Park. Floats will line up on the Old Waterford Road. Participants are advised to be in position no later than 2.30pm.

Pre-Parade entertainment will be provided at Priest’s Road car park and from the Viewing Stand on Lower Branch road from 1.30pm by the Tramore Comhaltas and Boxty.

The parade should last about 45 minutes.

Dungarvan

Start time and location: 3pm at the Clonea Road.

Route: The parade will start near the roundabout at the Clonea Rd. From there it will travel to Crottys Corner, The Causeway, The Square, O’Connell St, Wolfe Tone Rd, Mitchells St and finish back on Collins Rd.

Best places to watch it from: The designated viewing stand in Grattan Square, The Causeway or O'Connell Street are pin pointed as having the best view.

Best places to park while you watch the parade: Officials assure us there is an abundance of car parking available around Dungarvan, with pleny available particularly if you enter Dungarvan from the N25 on the Waterford side; follow the diversions and car park signs.

Estimated number of attendees: Approx 12,000 people are expected to attend.

Any other info: Celebrations begin in Dungarvan on Thursday night, with music near the Quay from 7.45pm-9pm. There will then be a fireworks display at 9pm sharp, with the display launching from a pontoon in the quay.

Those taking part in the parade are asked to gather at the Clonea road and start from Crotty's Corner gathering back towards the bridge heading out to Murphy's Place. Floats, cars, trucks etc are asked to gather from the bridge heading out towards the Friary College.

The parade on Friday will be preceded with a vintage car and tractor run through the Square.

The Red Cross will be in attendance on both Thursday night and Friday afternoon.

The events could not happen without the support and generosity of volunteers and local businesses.

Road closures and diversions:

Rolling road closures will be in place along the parade route from 2pm. Traffic coming from the Coast Rd will be diverted onto the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd.

Motorists are advised to expect delays around the town and unless you are in the area to watch the parade, you are advised to avoid the town centre between 3pm and 5pm.

Road closures will also be in place on Thursday, 16th March in Dungarvan at Strandside North (the Pond), the Causeway, and the Quay to Thompsons Lane on Thurs 16th March from 8pm to 10pm to facilitate the fireworks display. Grattan Sq will also be closed from 5pm to 10pm for the festivities.

Cappoquin

Start time and location: 12.30pm at Lower Main Street.

Route: Commencing at Lower Main Street and continuing up the main street before turning at Shanbally and returning to the town centre.

Best places to watch it from: All along the route provides a fantastic vantage point but the square will be the focal point for the event

Best places to park while you watch the parade: Cappoquin GAA field

Estimated number of attendees: 1000 possibly more

Any other info: This is the 9th annual St Patrick's day parade in Cappoquin. It's all about the fun factor on the day and you never know what to expect but there will be plenty of surprises and entertaining entries. Category prizes are available for the best entries in the parade:

Best overall - Jimmy Cahill memorial Trophy, Best vintage, Best club, Best walking group, Best float, Best traditional, Best motorized, Best novelty, Best business and Best theme. There is also a a spot prize for the best 'face in the crowd' for that person who makes an extra effort on the day.

Road closures or diversions: Traffic and parking restrictions will be in operation from early morning and co-operation in this will be greatly appreciated

Portlaw

Start time and location: 12pm at Portlaw Church.

Route: The event will leave Portlaw Church at midday. It will pass Coffey's corner, heading up Queen Street. It will then head down Brown Street, before concluding at The Square.

Any other info: There'll be entertainment on an outdoor stage in The Square for the afternoon.

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