St Patricks Parade on Sunday 16th March 2014
The 2014 Parade Route
The St. Patrick's Parade will take place the day before Saint Patrick's Day!
Following the Mass in Gaelic at 9.30am at Irish World Heritage Centre, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will line up on Queens Rd and start at 11.30am from the Irish World Heritage Centre ending in Albert Square at around 1.30pm.
There are arrangement being put into place ferry people and bands back to the Irish World Heritage Centre if they wish to.
There will be no parking at the Irish World Heritage Centre on the day.
The Irish World Heritage Centre held their first St Patrick’s Day Parade on the 17th March 1990 when the Members paraded to St Chad’s Church and attended a Mass celebrated by Fr. McGarry before returning to the Centre. It is interesting to note that at that parade the County Longford Association were the first to display a parade banner.
The following year, 1991, the parade was extended to go to the roundabout at the end of Cheetham Hill Road following Mass in Gaelic at the Irish World Heritage Centre. It was in our third year, 1992, that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was extended as far as Albert Square for the first time, where it was reviewed by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr., Billy Egerton.
In March 1993 the parade went again to Manchester Town Hall, but this time it was lead by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr., Bill Risby, accompanied by the Mayors of Trafford and Salford. Over the years we have had members of the Irish Government walk with us including Bertie Aherne, the Taoiseach and Ministers, Brendan Smith and John O’Donaghue.
Every year since then we have continued to follow the route from the Irish World Heritage Centre to Manchester Town Hall. It continues to be a major Irish Festival event always preceded by Mass in Gaelic. Fr. John Ahern, the well known Kerry Priest, has officiated at 21 of those Masses and will be doing so once again this year. Sadly this will be his last year of participating as he will be retiring in September and returning to his native Kerry. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his great support and dedication over all those years and wish him a very happy retirement.
The Parade is very much a community based event with participants of all ages. bands, floats and banners represent all the Counties of Ireland, the GAA, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Rose of Tralee, dancing schools and many more Community organisations.
Tens of thousands of people turn out to line the route of the parade to revel in the party atmosphere and join in the celebrations.