2016 Portlaoise Parade

2016 Portlaoise Parade

2016 Portlaoise Parade

Portlaoise Town is dressed for the Parade – Will you be there?

St. Patrick’s Day parade is BIGGER and BETTER for 2016!

Community spirit is blooming in Portlaoise with the organisation of this year’s parade The committee have been working around the clock to bring an amazing community spirit to this year’s parade with lots of entertainment and colour to the streets on Thursday 17th of March. Word of mouth has it that the groups and bands have got their creative hats on and have come up with some amazing floats and entertainment for the parade

After the Portlaoise Athletics Club “Streets of Portlaoise” race… the parade will kick off at 12.30p.m. from the Laois County Hall. It will make its way down James Fintan Lalor Avenue to the church roundabouts, up Bridge Street and Main Street, ending in Market Square.

Entertainment is going to be wild with a tug-a-war event between the pubs. Cheer on your favourite teams from the local pubs in the ultimate test of strength.

We will continue the fun with markets and food stalls and entertainment in the top and bottom square after the parade. From 2 – 5 p.m. there will be live music to entertain you up and down the town.

2016 Portlaoise Parade Poster

Portlaoise Basketball Club will be having a charity Duck Race in the Triogue at Bridge Street at 2 p.m. Whose duck will bag them first place? We’ll have to wait and see.

Watch out for the community dance sessions, including the Siege of Ennis and Zumba from Zumba Laois from 2p.m.  Face painters to brighten everybody’s day, Jeca the clown will be around to entertain the kids, oversize outdoor games will be along the street to get everyone in the festival mood and enjoy a great afternoon.


For this you get face painters, bouncy castles, disco in Coppers, live bands and music, oversize outdoor games and Jeca the clown.

The Random Acts of Sport spectacle promises to please all  – watch as local GAA clubs battle the challenges that are put before them to see who will be victorious.

Local businesses have been giving back to the community with lots of sponsorship. Please remember to Shop Local and give back to these businesses as they have been a driving force in ensuring the show is on the road this year.