May 29, 2020
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Dance on! Bray St Patrick’s Day Festival to go ahead despite Coronavirus fears

The Bray St Patrick’s Festival organisers have announced an exciting line-up of events, despite growing fears that parades celebrations across the country may have to be cancelled due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus.

Earlier today two cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Arklow and two towns in counties Waterford and Cork annoucned they were cancelling their St Patrick’s Festival events.

However, as of now the parade and events planned for Bray will be going ahead as planned.

Local organisers have urged people to come out at join in the festivities for “six days of great family fun”.

The celebrations in Bray are scheduled to take place in Bray from next Friday, March 13 until Wednesday, March 18.

Organisers said they are expecting “thousands to line the town’s streets” for the annual St Patrick’s Day parade next Tuesday, which will start at the Town Hall from 3pm, making its way down the Main Street to the viewing stand on Strand Road.

They added: “The parade will feature a large multicultural element, music, dance and entertainment all celebrating our National day in style.

“Along the Parade route, there are excellent vantage points for all to get a chance to admire the strong 1,500 participants from marching bands, majorettes, community groups, businesses, clubs to schools from all over the town and beyond as they will weave their way through the town in spectacular fashion.”

This year the Bray St Patrick’s Festival has teamed up with the Bray Autism Friendly Group and there will be an autism-friendly zone at the parade on the corner of Quinsboro Road and the Carlisle grounds.

The Parade Grand Marshall this year is Adam Burke, who was recognised at the recent Bray Endeavour Awards for his civic and community work with local young people.

Road closures will be in place on March 17 from 2pm until after 4pm to facilitate the parade. Roads affected include Main Street, Quinsboro Road, Seapoint Road and Strand Road.

This year there are over 20 events to look forward to. These include:

  • The thrills and spills of the Bird’s Euroshow Funfair which returns to Bray Seafront on Friday, March 13 until Tuesday, March 17. It opens on Friday, March 13th at 3 pm then daily from 12 noon to 10pm;
  • Live music throughout the town’s many venues. Check out the ‘What’s On’ guide on bray.ie for full listings;
  • The Bray Head Walk is back again this year with Bray Adventures on Saturday, March 14 at 12 noon;
  • On Saturday, March 14th at the Civic Plaza at 2 pm and then Monday, March 16 at 4 pm watch some spectacular outdoor circus performances including handstands, magic, juggling and escapology routines;
  • The Bray Cualann Historical Society will conduct a historical talk about Bray on Saturday, March 14 at 3pm and Monday, March 16 at 3 pm;
  • Family Treasure Hunt: At your leisure grab the family or a bunch of friends for an adventuresome day out with our new Treasure Hunt Experience where you could win a voucher for Platform Pizza, Bray;
  • The Bray Vintage Car Club will be showcasing some of their members beautiful classic and vintage cars on Sunday, March 15th from 2 pm to 4 pm
  • The festival’s main event, the Bray Parade, will kick off at 3pm on Tuesday, March 17 from the Town Hall to the viewing stand at the northern part of the Seafront
  • The Boomerang Brass band and Shauna McGauran School of Irish Dance get together to share music and dance to bring an end to yet another fantastic St. Patrick’s Festival in Bray at The Martello Hotel on Wednesday, March 18 from 5 pm to 7pm

Commenting on this year’s line-up, President of the Bray & District Chamber of Commerce, Ruth Donnelly said: “One of our aims as a chamber is to drive tourism with vibrant festivals and events to help boost the town’s local economy. The St. Patrick’s Festival Bray goes a long way in helping achieve our goals. We hope everyone visiting Bray has a brilliant time during the festival.”

You can register for free walks, talks, competitions and access the treasure hunt questionnaire by visiting: www.bray.ie/st-patricks-day-festival

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