St Patrick's Day Parades in Kildare: Newbridge excitement building

Entertainment: This year's theme will be based on celebrating the Irish language

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St Patrick's Day Parade: Newbridge excitement building

Eoghan Dempsey, Ruaidhrí Archbold, John Paul Archbold, and Ruth Loughlin at the Newbridge parade last year. Picture: Tony Keane

The Newbridge parade kicks off at 12 noon this Saturday, March 17, with some very exciting entries including school bands, dance troupes, lots of colour and excitement along with one or two surprises.

The street will be closed off from 11am on Saturday next, with floats and entries assembling at the Tesco’s car park, Woodies carpark and Standhouse Road.

It’s expected to last about an hour.

It is especially apt that this year is Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 — celebrating the 125th anniversary of the revival of the Irish language.

This theme of the parade will be based on celebrating the Irish language.

An awards ceremony will be held for the for the best entries and also for the best shop window display.

Newbridge boasts one of the biggest parades in the county and huge crowds flock to the town every year.

In previous years, the Kildare Filipino Community were one of the highlights of the parade, adding some colourful flair and excitement with their unique style.

FIND DETAILS OF ALL KILDARE'S ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADES HERE