Patrick Kielty named grand marshal for the 2024 St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin


Patrick Kielty appreciates being selected as Grand marshal for St Patrick's day parade 2024

Patrick Kielty, the well-known Irish TV personality and host of “The Late Late Show,” has been chosen as the Grand Marshal for the upcoming Dublin National St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Kielty expressed his excitement about leading the parade, which he described as a “big deal” and an honour six months after taking over at RTÉ.

As the Grand Marshal of the parade, Patrick Kielty embodies the spirit of joy, community, diversity, and sustainability that defines St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin.

The St. Patrick’s Festival celebrates its connection to Dublin’s inner city by featuring residents as part of a new pageant, creating a truly authentic and meaningful celebration for all.

The theme for the 2024 parade is “Spréach,” representing Ireland’s unique essence and spirit.

The most ambitious ever, featuring more pageants, more participants, bringing more laughter, spectacle and joy to those watching

Organisers of the National St. Patrick’s Day Parade

More than 18 pageants, 14 international marching bands, and over 4,000 participants are expected to take part in the festivities.

Dedicated Viewing Area For Neurodivergent People

This year’s St Patrick’s day parade promises to be more ambitious and inclusive than ever before, with a dedicated, Relaxed Parade Space for neurodivergent individuals and families.

I’ve enjoyed coming out to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for many years, but I’m conscious that many families, those with neurodivergent children for example, don’t have similar opportunities.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithi de Roiste

The festival is collaborating with AsIAm, Ireland’s leading autism charity, and Neurodiversity Ireland, to ensure that the event is accessible to everyone. They plan to offer extensive information beforehand to assist attendees in preparing for the event. Additionally, a detailed guide will be available, describing the parade’s proceedings so families can anticipate what the experience will entail.

We were delighted when we approached the Lord Mayor with the idea of making St Patrick’s Day parade more accessible for our community that he was able to work with the St Patrick’s Festival to create this truly unique, accessible space for our community. We believe it will not only improve accessibility on the day and serve to educate others but really lay down a marker for other events and festivals to follow in Ireland and, indeed, around the world.

Adam Harris, CEO of AsIAm

The area will offer extra room, seating, sensory zones, entertainment, and different volume levels to create an enjoyable experience for all. There will also be anticipated volume zones within this area for those who want to experience the parade at different volumes.

Over half a million spectators are expected to join the parade on March 17, making it a global celebration of Irish heritage and unity.

With the success of the relaxed viewing performances at Dublin City Council Bram Stoker and Dublin Winter Lights events, Dublin City Council is committed to introducing more socially inclusive initiatives at all its large events so that all Dubliners and visitors can enjoy the vibrancy and culture of our great City

Simon Clarke

Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland have collaborated to ensure that this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival will be an extraordinary experience for visitors and locals alike.

The Festival Quarter, hosted at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, will feature live music, amusements, and cultural activities spanning two days and nights.

The 2024 St. Patrick’s Day Parade is set to begin on O’Connell Street and conclude near Kevin Street in Dublin’s city centre.

However, concerns have been raised about exorbitant hotel prices during major events like St. Patrick’s Day, with some charging over €2,000 for a single night’s stay. In response, Dublin City Council encourages visitors to explore alternative accommodations such as Airbnb, hostels, or bed and breakfasts for more affordable options.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste, expressed his pride in leading the National St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the first time and welcomed everyone to celebrate Ireland’s rich culture and heritage.

Those unable to attend in person can catch the action live on RTÉ One or online through the RTÉ Player.

The City of Dublin extends a warm welcome to all visitors, ensuring an unforgettable experience during this time-honoured celebration.

Some of Ireland’s most esteemed creative spectacle organisations like Bui Bolg, Spraoi, Inishowen Carnival, The Outing Queer Arts Collective, Artistic, and Dublin Cycling Campaign remain key collaborators for the Festival.

The program for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival can be accessed online at, with new events being added frequently.

The National St Patrick’s Day Parade is one of our most special occasions, celebrating the Spréach of the people of Ireland, which unites us all both here in Dublin and across the globe.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the most special occasions in Ireland, celebrating the Spréach (spark) of the people of Ireland and uniting us all both locally and globally.

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