Waterford’s 2019 St. Patrick’s Day festivities will take place on Sunday, March 17th and the headlining parade will celebrate Colour, Culture, and Community.

The Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Councillor Declan Doocey, is leading the planning for the event.

“Waterford has a rich tapestry of cultural influences throughout its history and this year’s parade in Waterford City aims to showcase how diversity has helped us to build stronger communities,” said the Mayor.

“We hope community groups will embrace the theme and create a rainbow of colors throughout the city.".

Already embracing this years theme is Waterford Children’s Group Link, pictured with Mayor Doocey, officially launching this year's parade. The Children’s Group Link will celebrate their 40th year in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Organizers believe the parade theme will allow groups to incorporate aspects of their colors and culture from across the spectrum of community activities including sport, food, business, hobbies, national associations, and the arts.

St. Patricks Day in Waterford is even more special as the Irish Tricolour was first flown in Waterford on the 7th of March 1848 from 33 the Mall by Thomas Francis Meagher. Meagher went on to become the Governor of Montana and we're incredibly proud of our connection to this great Waterford man.

Read more: The Irish flag was flown for the first time 170 years ago in Waterford

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of Waterford’s great community gatherings with hundreds of participants from all walks of life and it attracts in excess of twenty-thousand spectators. It will proceed from the Glen, along The Quay, Mall and Parnell Street where it concludes.

Here is some footage from the 2017 Waterford St. Patrick's Day parade:

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