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St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in style in Bray

St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in style in Bray with yet another fantastic parade. From around 2 pm today (Friday, March 17th, 2023) thousands lined the parade route to watch the colourful procession.

The parade featured a significant multicultural element, music, dancing, as well as other entertainment all celebrating the spirit of St. Patrick. This year’s Grand Marshall Bray ‘Person of the Year’ Dr David Menzies lead the 1,500-strong participants as they spectacularly made their way through the town.

President of the Bray & District Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Finnegan said, ‘The parade is an opportunity to bring together families and friends, old and young to celebrate our culture. It was great to see spectators enjoying all the colour, fun and excitement. The parade is part of our weekend celebration as the festival continues until Monday. There are some incredible free family fun events still to come.’

2023 Parade Award Winners 

  • Best Overall Entry – Studio X Dance Group
  • Highly Commended Award – Shauna McGauran School of Irish Dancing
  • Most Entertaining Entry – McGrath Flood School of Irish Dancing
  • Best Community Entry – Bray for Love
  • Best Sports Entry – Bray Emmets GAA Club
  • Best Spirit of St. Patrick’s Day – Enniskerry Youth Club AFC

Bray Parade 2023 Photo Gallery 


The five-day festival runs until Monday, March 20th. The jam-packed programme includes Bird’s Euroshow Funfair, live music, an open-air céilí, talks, a walk, a treasure hunt, movies by the Bandstand and more. You can read more about the festival here.

‘A huge amount of planning and preparation goes into the festival each year. Without our sponsors Bird’s Euroshow Funfair and Wicklow County Council, our committee, volunteers, service providers, participants, and the emergency services this would not be possible. A heartfelt gratitude to those who contributed to the festival’s ongoing success,’ concluded Sarah.

Bray’s St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly brought to you by Bray & District Chamber of Commerce, Wicklow County Council and is the trading name of Bray Tourism.

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Parade participating groups

We want to extend a huge thank you to the many businesses, artists, community groups and clubs that helped to make this year’s parade happen:

  1. 11th Wicklow Kilmacanogue Beavers Group
  2. 12th Wicklow St. Peter’s Bray Scout Group
  3. Ardmore Rovers Football Club
  4. Artastic
  5. Bray Adventurers
  6. Bray Community First Responders
  7. Bray Emmets GAA Club
  8. Bray For Love
  9. Bray Hockey Club
  10. Bray Junior Musicals
  11. Bray Lions Club
  12. Bray Vintage Car Club
  13. Crumlin Marching Band
  14. Enniskerry Youth club AFC
  15. Gerry Martin & Ruby, the Collie in the Fire Brigade
  16. Lakers Social and Recreation
  17. Lawless Academy of Irish Dancing
  18. Masters Temple Martial Arts Academy
  19. McGrath Flood School of Irish Dancing
  20. Me and The Moon
  21. Shankill GAA
  22. Shauna McGauran School of Irish Dancing
  23. Signal Arts
  24. Southside Chinese Residents Association
  25. Peters Football Club
  26. Studio X Dance Group
  27. The Boomerang Band (UK)
  28. The Perfect Stone Company
  29. Twilight Twirlers
  30. World Cup Blitz (In aid of Make a Wish)
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