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Bray’s St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade makes a welcome return

Bígí linn ag gceiliúradh ár Lá Náisiúnta…

Tá an Fhéile Naomh Pádraig and bParáid na Féile Bré ar ais tar éis neamhláithreachta dhá bhliain. Beidh an fhéile ar siúl ón gCéadaoin, 16ú Márta go dtí Dé Domhnaigh, 20ú Márta, 2022.

Bain taitneamh as siamsaíocht go sármhaith, san áireamh; aonach siamsaíochta, ceol beo, Céilí faoin aer, seó puipéad, amharclann sráide, siúlóidí, cosáin agus, ar ndóigh, an príomhimeacht, an bParáid na Féile nó gabh ceol traidisiúnta beo Éireannach ar cheann de na hionaid iomadúla ar fud an baile.

Tá súil againn go mbainfidh tú taitneamh as gach imeacht a bheith ar siúl ar rith an féile.

Join us in celebrating our National Day…

Bray rolls out the green carpet as the St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade makes a welcome return after a two-year absence. The festival will run from Wednesday, March 16th until Sunday, March 20th, 2022.

Top-class family entertainment is guaranteed with Bird’s Euroshow Funfair, an open-air Céilí, street theatre, walks, trails, a treasure hunt, the Bray Parade or simply catch some great live music at one of the many venues throughout the town.

President of the Bray & District Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Finnegan said ‘I’m really delighted to see the return of Bray’s St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade. The festival showcases the very best of Irish culture and craic. We hope you enjoy all we have to offer over the five-day festival’.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will return to the streets of Bray, celebrating the many cultures, communities and organisations. The Parade will take on a new route this year, with excellent vantage points for all to get a chance to admire the strong 1,500 participants as they will weave their way through the town in spectacular fashion.

This year, we have teamed up with the Bray Autism Friendly Group and we are delighted to say that there will be a quiet zone at the Parade on the corner of Quinsboro Road and the Carlisle grounds.

The Parade Grand Marshall this year is Bray ‘Person of the Year’ Broadcaster Declan Meehan.

There will be road closures in place on Thursday, March 17th from 1 pm until after 3 pm to facilitate the new Parade route. Roads affected include Main Street, Florence Road, Eglinton Road, Quinsboro Road, Seymour Road, Seapoint Road, Strand Road and surrounding junctions.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Festival has something for all the family. Take a look at the highlights:

Events / activities running throughout the festival from Wednesday, March 16th until Sunday, March 20th:

  • Enjoy all the thrills and spills of the Bird’s Euroshow Funfair as it returns to Bray Seafront on Wednesday, March 16th until Sunday, March 20th, 2022. It opens on Wednesday, March 16th at 3 pm then daily from 12 noon to 10 pm.
  • At your leisure grab the family or a bunch of friends for an adventuresome day out with our new Family Treasure Hunt Experience where you could win a voucher for The Dough Box, Bray. Click here to access the questionnaire. The closing date is Sunday, March 20th, 2022 at 6 pm. Terms and conditions apply, which are available to read here.
  • Throughout the festival watch as iconic Bray District landmarks including the Town Hall, Civic Offices and The Bandstand #GoGreen in celebration of our National Day.
  • Join Susie from White Doodle Workshops in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by learning multiple ways to create your own shamrock! The video workshop will premier on this page at 12 noon on March 5th 2022 – scroll down this page to watch the workshop or click here to view it on YouTube!
  • There’s some cracking live music throughout the town’s many venues. Full music listings can be found here.

Thursday, March 17th 2022:

Bray Parade made a spectacular return on Thursday, March 17th. Thousands took advantage of the spring sunshine as they were treated to the sights and sounds of marching bands, majorettes, local community groups, businesses, clubs and schools as they weaved their way through the town in a remarkable fashion.

Over 30 groups took part in the parade which featured a large multicultural element, music, dance and entertainment all celebrating the spirit of St. Patrick.

RTÉ News Parade Round-up 

Bray’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade features 1.50 seconds in:

President of the Bray & District Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Finnegan said, “It’s fantastic to be back as the return of the St. Patrick’s Festival to Bray is of huge significance for the town and its community. I have to say that the feel-good atmosphere at today’s parade was electric. The parade participants wowed the strong crowd which was great to see once again. The festival continues until Sunday with some incredible free family fun events taking place throughout Bray.

Bray Parade 2022 Photo Gallery 

 

Friday, March 18th 2022

Saturday, March 19th 2022

Sunday, March 20th 2022

  • From 11 am at the boathouse beside the coffee dock why not let the brilliant Suzie create some cheeky face painting designs and then learn how to Irish dance with the Shauna McGauran School.
  • To finish the weekend off why not enjoy live music from Jamie Duff on the bandstand at 4 pm.

Scroll down further down this page to view and download the festival pocket guide and map, take part in the festival competition to win a Funfair Family Golden Ticket, listen to the festival’s Homegrown Irish Music Spotify Playlist 2022, how to get to Bray and more.

Be sure to stay up to date with Bray’s St. Patrick’s Festival event news and updates by following bray.ie on Twitter, Facebook or on Instagram.

All information stated on this page and in the festival pocket guide is correct at the time of publication. All events are subject to change without notice and may be dependant on weather. 

Festival Pocket Guide 

Download the 2022 St. Patrick's Festival Bray Pocket Guide – Please consider the environment before printing! 

Festival Competition – Now closed

Thanks to everyone who entered the Funfair Family Golden Ticket (unlimited funfair access throughout St. Patrick’s Day) competition. A family can consist of two adults with up to three children. The competition closed on Friday, March 11th, 2022 at 6 pm.

A big congratulations to Fiona Molloy winner of the Funfair Family Golden Ticket. We’ll be in contact with you directly to arrange prize collection.

Terms and conditions apply, which are available to read here.

Create your own shamrock workshop 

Homegrown Irish Music Spotify Playlist 2022

Listen up are you a local artist or band and want to feature on our #PaddysBray ‘Homegrown Irish Music’ Spotify playlist for 2022? Well, send your Spotify link to info@bray.ie or via WhatsApp +353 85 851 2455 for consideration. Listen to the playlist here.

Festival event locations, parade route places to visit, stay, dine and socialise in (Click on image to enlarge) 

Please consider the environment before printing! 

There’s plenty to keep you and your family busy between events so why not make a break for Bray this St. Patrick’s long weekend

Take a dip in the waters of our Blue Flag beach if you’re brave enough, explore our incredible coastline, experience the underwater world at SeaLife, open up your imagination by exploring the award-winning Brave Maeve Story Trail.

Go Tenpin Bowling at Bray Bowl, enjoy a world of entertainment all under one roof at Star Amusements, be inspired at Cool Planet Experience the first climate action visitor experience in the world, make a splash with family and friends at Shoreline’s swimming pool.

Bray is the perfect safe staycation destination, whether it’s a festive family holiday or simply a weekend break this spring, why not plan your visit by utilising our award-winning website. Simply hit the menu button to explore things to see and do, eat and drink, places to stay + more.

Getting to Bray

Getting to Bray couldn’t be simpler as the town has a substantial public transport network, both north from Dublin and south from County Wicklow and County Wexford. Please plan your journey here.

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

Latest news – Be sure to stay up to date by following bray.ie on Twitter, Facebook or on Instagram.

Join the conversation – Festival hashtags are #StPatricksFestivalBray #PaddysBray #BrayHeadWalk #HistoricalTalkBray #Bray #LoveBray.

Parade participating groups

We would like 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
  2. 12th Wicklow Bray Scout Group
  3. Ardmore Rovers Football Club
  4. Artastic
  5. Bears of Bray
  6. Bray Adventures
  7. Bray Emmets GAA Club
  8. Bray Hockey Club
  9. Bray Junior Musicals
  10. Bray Lions Club
  11. Bray Vintage Car Club
  12. Classic American Motors Ireland
  13. Curragh SAC
  14. Dunphy School of Irish Dancing
  15. Enniskerry Youth Club AFC
  16. Jai Sua Muay Thai Bray
  17. Jure Kastelan High School,Trg kralja Tomislava 2, 21310 Omiš, Croatia
  18. Lakers Social and Recreation
  19. Manavikam Indian Cultural Association, Bray
  20. Mariners Baseball Ireland
  21. Masters Temple Martial Arts
  22. Order of Malta Ireland – Ambulance Corps Bray
  23. Shankill GAA
  24. Shauna McGauran School of Irish Dance
  25. Signal Arts Centre
  26. Peter’s Football Club
  27. The Boomerang Band (UK)
  28. The Crumlin Marching Band
  29. Twilight Twirlers
  30. Urban X Hip Hop
  31. Wicklow Triple A Alliance
  32. Zdravstvena škola (Medical & Health School)

Thank you! 

A large festival like this wouldn’t be possible without the great support, enthusiasm and expertise from our committee, service providers, volunteers, participants and the emergency services. Thank you also to our sponsors who fund all the events.

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