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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Downpatrick’s vibrant and lively town centre will host its famous St Patrick’s Day parade, leaving the Downshire Estate at 1.30pm and heading to Rathkeltair carpark.  Spectators can expect a dazzling display of flamboyant floats, traditional music, and dance performances, creating an electric atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Throughout the day, the all-new St Patrick’s village around St Patrick’s Square will be the place to experience traditional Ceilidh dancing, children’s rides, family friendly activities and a fantastic artisan fair.  Don’t forget to visit Down County Museum for a range of specially curated activities for the children delving into the rich history and folklore surrounding St Patrick.

Another fresh attraction for this year’s festival is the Trail of Light exhibition, which will run from Friday 15 to Sunday 31 March. This outdoor exhibition will transform familiar spaces with unexpected moments and inspiring art installations.  These artworks are all unique so come along and see if you can find them.

Cost: Free
Time: 12pm – 4pm

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12pm - 4pm