After the phenomenal success of last year’s first ever three day festival in Waterford, Waterford City & County Council is delighted to welcome you back in 2023 to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in the City, including the Waterford St. Patrick’s Day parade on Friday March 17th!
The St. Patrick’s Day Festival will run for three fun-filled days from 16th – 19th March 2023 in Waterford City and will celebrate the very best of what Waterford has to offer, and what makes it the best place to live, work and visit.
We’ve long been recognised for our strong cultural scene and this year’s extended St. Patrick’s Day Festival will make for a fun filled and exciting weekend.
The city is easily accessible for families to enjoy the festivities. With an array of shopping & dining choices in the City, our St. Patrick’s Day Festival gives you an extra opportunity to experience what Waterford has to offer.
Waterford Parade Winners Announced
The 2023 Waterford St Patrick’s Day Parade truly saw the Best of Waterford with an impressive array of floats and participants taking part in the march from the Quay to the Mall and each represented their respective clubs, groups and communities, and indeed Waterford as a whole, immensely with more than 2,000 people and 70 floats braving the heavy rain and wind to celebrate our National Holiday.
However, there were a number of entries into this year’s parade which were especially memorable and were selected by the judges to be the winners in the following categories; the Overall Winners Award, the Community Float Award and the Theatre Award.
Overall Winners- Southland Sirens Roller Derby
The Overall Winners of this year’s parade is the Southland Siren’s Roller Derby, whose entry paid tribute to the Copper Coast miners of Bonmahon and saw their participants skate from the Quay to the Mall, where they would later “detonate” a mine.
Community Float Award- Waterford C.U/City of Waterford Brass (Joint Award)
The joint entry was selected as a winner of the Community Float Award and its float “Honeycomb” was created by Spraoi to celebrate Waterford CU’s 60th anniversary. The float was accompanied by the City of Waterford Brass Band who marched behind wearing bee-stripes.
Community Float Award- Waterford Filipino-Irish Community (Joint Award)
The Waterford Filipino-Irish Community were selected as a winner of the Community Float Award after their entry treated the spectators present to a wonderful display of Filipino culture through their colourful traditional costumes as well as their dancing and performances.
The Theatre Award- Waterford Youth Arts
The winners of the Theatre Award were Waterford Youth Arts, whose entry saw a number of their participants wear elaborate bird masks which was followed by an impressive nest-float.