16 Mar 2023

Cork celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day all across city and county

Cork will be awash with every shade of green for Saint Patrick’s day celebrations on March 17th, a huge annual festival of fun that celebrates Ireland’s patron saint and what it is to be Irish.

Countries across the globe will see their Irish descendants and emigrants take to the streets in parades, in a tradition that can be traced as far back as the early 17th century.  The first recorded parade in New York city dates back to 1762, but there is nowhere quiet like home on this special Irish feast day.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors will arrive to Cork for the event, with Cork Airport expecting a typically busy period.  Many will visit family and friends, while others come just to be part of this special occasion. 

Below are just some of the many parades taking place so you can join in the fun – take a look at your local areas via their social media and websites. 

CORK CITY PARADE –  This year will see the largest ever parade in the city with 3500 participants from over 55 groups putting on a show.  The parade will begin at 1pm, but check out the huge range of events here –

The Lord Mayor of Cork city, Cllr. Deirdre Forde with representatives of the sanctuary runners

COBH – A parade will take place in Cobh at 2pm on March 17th, featuring a whole host of music, live entertainment and kids fun. See:


MIDLETON– A parade will go through the center of Midleton at 3pm on Saint Patrick’s day. Learn more here –

MACROOM– The parade in Macroom will start at 3.30pm but it is just one of several events in and around the town during the weekend. Check out the full plans for 2023 here –

Macroom comes alive for Saint Patrick’s day

FERMOY– The parade will get under way at 11.30am and make its way through the town center – see the route and predicted end times here –

BALTIMORE – The parade in West Cork town Baltimore gets underway at 12pm, with associated street theatre and family fun.

You will find parades and related events right across the city and county – check out your local media providers for up to date news.