That’s a wrap folks! St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny 2023

What another fantastic year at St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny! Despite the weather and a few mishaps earlier in the week the festival was another huge success, with so many of you coming out to support and enjoy the events! Kilkenny’s 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade (despite a morning of downpour) saw over 20,000 people come […]

St. Patrick’s Day Kilkenny 2023

St. Patrick’s Day 2023 is going to be the biggest one yet! There is a full day of activities around Kilkenny city, from pre-parade parties to Castle Park Festivities, to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade itself. Here we’ve broken it down so you can plan your perfect March 17th in Kilkenny city! Starting at 11am […]

Free Family Friendly Entertainment

As you know, St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny has a packed 5 day festival programme March 15th – 19th. Featuring marching bands, carnival rides, a whopper St. Patrick’s Day and more! In this post we’ve picked out the best street entertainment events that are free for all the family to attend: Sbandieratori | Italian Flag wavers […]

American Marching Bands at St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny

It has become a tradition around here, that Kilkenny welcome American and Canadian marching bands to the city throughout St. Patrick’s week. Spread across the week there are a mixture of static performances in Kilkenny Castle Park and performances through the streets of Kilkenny. It is a fantastic spectacle and a great way to see an […]


The St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny programme 2023 is live and jam-packed!   With the Big Wheel, Vintage Carousel and the Festival Market returning and street entertainment, family shows, and live music throughout, there will be a guaranteed festive atmosphere in the city!   Throughout the week American and Canadian marching bands will perform through the streets […]


One of Kilkenny’s best-known faces, celebrity chef, teacher, actor and radio presenter, Edward Hayden, has been announced as the Grand Marshall of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Marble City.   The announcement was made by the Chairperson of the St. Patrick’s Festival committee, Cllr. Joe Malone, who said that it is an honour […]

2023 Parade Theme

Kilkenny to celebrate its Legends and Stories on St. Patrick’s Day Kilkenny city’s streets will come alive this St. Patrick’s week with the return of St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny March 15th – 19th . Following on from a hugely successful return to the streets in 2022 the Festival is bringing another huge programme of events […]

Big Festival in a Small City

St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny 2022 – what a festival it was! We had our biggest festival yet (6 days!), welcomed over 100,000 people to the city and hosted one of the biggest Marching Bands in the US. During the week of festivities, we welcomed people from all over the world, including delegations from our Twinned […]

Get Involved – St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2023

We are delighted to announce that St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny 2023 will take place from Wednesday 15th  – Sunday the 19th March 2023. There will be American Marching Bands, the Big Wheel, Festival Market, Street Entertainment, Workshops, Live Music, plus lots more! The centre-piece of the festival remains the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Taking place through the streets […]