Date: Sunday 17 March, 1.30pm
Venue: Starting at Belfast City Hall
Category: Festival, Free, St Patrick's
A dazzling display of costume, music, dance and theatrical performance will bring the streets of Belfast alive this St Patrick’s Day, as our annual parade weaves its way through the city centre.
Join outdoor spectacle company LUXE for amazing creations, colourful live performance and a high energy soundtrack, as we celebrate People, Place and Planet. Local dance troupes, schools, community groups and musicians will also be taking part in the spectacle.
This is a diverse multi-cultural, cross-community celebration in honour of St Patrick and everyone is welcome.
This is a significant year for Belfast as we celebrate our creativity and culture through our vibrant Belfast 2024 programme - a welcome chance to inspire and nurture our next generation of creative talent, as well as showcasing this generation’s creatives to a global audience.
This year’s parade route starts from Belfast City Hall at 1.30pm, weaving its way through the city centre via Chichester Street, Victoria Street, High Street, Castle Place and Donegall Place, back to City Hall. The route along the main thoroughfares will enable good viewing opportunities for the public and people are encouraged to gather along footpaths on both sides of the streets right around the route.
Please note some temporary traffic measures along the city centre route will be in place on Sunday 17 March to allow the St Patrick’s Day Parade to pass safely.
The parade is a free event and you do not need a ticket.
The community engagement element of this event is part-funded by The Executive Office through the District Council’s Good Relations Programme.
Map of St Patrick's Day parade
Map and description
The map shows the route of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade on 17 March, leaving City Hall at 1.30pm. The parade starts from Belfast City Hall at 1.30pm, weaving its way through the city centre via Chichester Street, turning left into Victoria Street, then left again at High Street and along Castle Place. It will then turn left into Donegall Place, making its way back to Belfast City Hall.
Road closures during St Patrick's Day events
There will be traffic restrictions and diversions in Belfast city centre during the St Patrick’s Day pageant parade. Motorists can expect some disruption along the parade route with rolling diversions from 12.30pm to 3pm on roads and streets that intersect with the parade route. These closures will be in place at:
- 12.30pm, closure of Donegall Square West
- 12.30pm, closure of College Square East and Wellington Place
- 12.30pm, closure of High Street (inner), Castle Place, Royal Avenue and Donegall Place
- 12.30pm, closure of Victoria Street
- 12.40pm, closure of Bridge Street
- 12.50pm, closure of Chichester Street
- 12.50pm, closure of Ann Street
On-street parking, including blue badge spaces will be suspended 6am to 3pm along Donegall Place, High Street and Bridge Street to accommodate the parade and spectators.
Frequently asked questions
Where is the event happening?
The parade will take place in Belfast City Centre on Sunday 17 March.
What time does event start and end?
The parade will leave City Hall on Sunday 17 March at 1.30pm moving through the city centre returning to City Hall.
Is the event accessible?
We are committed to ensuring events are accessible and inclusive. Facilities available on site:
- An accessible viewing area is located on Chichester Street within the Glider Stop.
- There is no dedicated disabled car parking for the event however there are public car parks within close proximity to the venue on a first-come, first-served basis.
- www.belfastcentre.com/city-centre-parking-and-access (link opens in new window)
Will there be first aid on site?
Yes - there will be First Aid at this event. Please go to your nearest steward on site for assistance.
Will the event be stewarded?
Yes - this event will have steward personnel employed for the event.
Can I take photos and videos at this event?
Yes, but for personal use only or if you have been given permission to do so by the organisers of the event.
Are there toilets available?
There are no dedicated toilet provision at the parade for attendees other than the normal city centre facilities in place.
Where are the parking facilities for both events?
There is no designated parking for the parade, but many city centre car parks will be open. We also encourage attendees to utilise public transport.
Visit www.belfastcentre.com/city-centre-parking-and-access (link opens in new window) or www.translink.co.uk (link opens in new window)
Will the parade still happen if it’s raining?
Yes, please dress appropriately for the weather.
If I feel unwell during the parade what should I do?
Please speak to your nearest steward who will assist you. We have first aiders on site.
Where can I find out more information about other St Patrick's events in the city?