Stagecraft Youth Drama Group under the design of Vikki Climo and Geraldine Daly - overall winners of the 2016 Parade in Bundoran

Plans at advanced stage for 2018 Bundoran St Patrick’s Day Parade

Up to 10,000 spectators are expected to throng the streets of Bundoran for the annual St Patrick’s Day parade which will take place as usual on March 17th at 3:30pm.  As the event falls on a Saturday this year, the town is expected to be extra busy on the weekend that traditionally kicks off the tourist season for the seaside town.

The theme of this year’s parade is celebration of the 100th anniversary of the female vote in 1918. Business and community groups are encouraged to theme their entries around this idea.  As usual prizes will be on offer for the top 3 floats/entries in this year’s parade.

The South Donegal Vintage and Heritage Club in the St Patrick's Day parade
The South Donegal Vintage and Heritage Club in the St Patrick’s Day parade

Parade Director John O’Connell anticipates a large entry from the business and local community for this year’s parade.  “Judging by the amount of enquiries we have had over the past few weeks, we can expect a bumper turnout for this year’s parade. We have confirmed that 2 American colleges will take part this year, a Douzelage group from our twin town in Germany and the “Women of Irish Heritage” who will be with us from New Jersey. We also look forward to welcoming community, sporting and business groups from the locality who are always great supporters of our event. We would advise spectators to gather early to ensure a space along the route.’

Start Time

The parade will commence at 3:30pm on Saturday March 17th from East End (junction of Sea Road and Main Street), continuing along Main Street before turning at the West End Playground and finishing at Magh Ene College, where refreshments will be served to participants.

For those not in a position to be at the parade on the day, it will be broadcast live on the Discover Bundoran Facebook page and there will be regular updates on the Discover Bundoran Instagram feed throughout the day.

Groups interested in participating in this year’s parade are asked to fill out an online form here –  Other enquiries can be directed to  John O’Connell at 086 2266799 or email – further details on events happening on the day can be found at

Click here to view the gallery from last year’s parade

The Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Crew taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade
The Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Crew taking part in the St Patrick’s Day parade

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