ST PA­Trick’s week­end evenTS

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The St Pa­trick’s Fes­ti­val in Dublin has be­come the liveli­est week­end of the year. Run­ning from to­day un­til Mon­day, this year’s fes­ti­val in­cludes street theatre ga­lore, a fam­ily car­ni­val on Mer­rion Square (to­day, 6pm-11pm; Sat/Sun noon-11pm; Mon noon-9pm, rides from €2) and the pa­rade it­self on Mon­day.

Tonight and to­mor­row night at 7.30pm, the French per­for­mance group Plas­ti­ciens Volants will cre­ate a dra­matic vis­ual tale with their gi­ant in­flated pup­pets (be­low) in the Ge­orge’s Dock area.

Chil­dren can dis­cover hid­den haunts of the city on the Denny Trea­sure Hunt to­mor­row. Fancy dress is en­cour­aged, and you can reg­is­ter for free at Dublin City Hall be­tween 10am and 1pm and com­plete the trail by 5pm.

Mean­while, in SS Michael & John’s Theatre in Tem­ple Bar, young chil­dren and their par­ents/ guardians can join in a Baby Rave (Fri 11am, 2pm; Sat 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm; Sun 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm €8.50 01-8721122).

The theme of the Dublin pa­rade is “En­ergy”. It will start at noon and run for two hours. Fes­ti­val­go­ers can then head to the Céilí Mór in Earls­fort Ter­race (2.30pm).

In Cork, more than 40 ama­teur and pro­fes­sional groups will par­tic­i­pate in this year’s pa­rade, whose theme is “Mon­sters of the Marsh”. The pa­rade, which be­gins at 1pm, takes a new route this year, mov­ing from the South Mall to Mer­chants Quay.

“Tribes” is the theme of this year’s St Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade in Gal­way city, which sets off at 12.30pm. In Lim­er­ick, the St Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade will be pre­ceded on Sun­day with the In­ter­na­tional Band Pa­rade, now in its 36th year. The theme of Mon­day’s pa­rade is the “United Colours of Lim­er­ick”.

Fi­nally, the Rock of Cashel in Co Tip­per­ary hosts Skyfest, a py­rotech­nics and mu­si­cal gath­er­ing to­mor­row from 6.30pm to

8.30pm.

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