Take part in st. patrick's festival Kilkenny
Join us for St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny 2023! Whether you’re a local community group, a marching band from abroad, a group from our twinned towns or a theatrical group from anywhere, we want you to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland and take part in the St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny.
In Kilkenny we pride ourselves on creating a big festival atmosphere in our small city. 2022 saw 100,000 people visit the city and attend events across our 6 day festival. For 2023 we want you – musicians, street performers, theatre groups, performers with interesting costumes and stories, anything that can enhance the entertainment and festive atmosphere in the city for the thousands of spectators.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all around the world, but there is nothing quite like celebrating it in Ireland. Kilkenny is an intimate city, with medieval streets and a 900 year old castle, full of warmth, culture, heritage and fun. It’s the kind of place where you’ll easily bump into the same person twice! With so much to see and do, and so many things happening around the St. Patrick’s Festival, Kilkenny it is the perfect place to be!
To take part, skip down to the end of the page and fill out the interest form. Or find out all you need to know about planning your trip here.
See you in 2023!
Some of the Acts That joined us in 2022
Participant Interest form
Each year St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny has grown bigger and brighter than the year before. In 2022 we welcomed participants from Kilkenny, Ireland and abroad to our 6 day festival. In 2023 we want to continue to build on that creativity and diversity and welcome new groups and performers to our city.
Local groups: Click here to submit your Parade application form. Get creative with your ideas, costumes, and performances. Start practicing and be ready to put on a show on Friday 17th March 2023.
Rest of Ireland and abroad: If you would like to join us from further afield (at any point in the next few years) make a plan and fill out the interest form here. We’d love for you to join our parade through the city’s medieval streets as part of our St. Patrick’s Festival/Parade.
Twinned Towns: We’d especially love for you to visit and be a part of our festival, as a participant or a spectator. Find out more about Kilkenny’s connection with their Twinned Towns here.