The Irish Festival Parade 2016


Starts 12.00 noon at I.W.H.C. – Finish Albert Square 1:30pm

The Irish World Heritage Centre held their first St Patrick’s Day Parade o the 17th March 1990 when the Members paraded to St Chad’s Church and attended a Mass celebrated by Fr. McGarry before returning to the Centre. It is interesting to note that at that parade the County Longford Association Were the first to display a parade banner.

The following year 1991, the parade was extended to go to the roundabout at the end of Cheetham Hill Road following Mass in Gaelic at the Irish World Heritage Centre.Add New

It was in our third year,1992, that the St Patrick’s Day Parade was extended as far as Albert Square for the first time, where it was reviewed by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Billy Egerton. In March 1993 the parade went again to Manchester Town Hall, but this time it was lead by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Bill Risby, accompanied by the Mayors of Trafford and Salford.

Over the years we have had members of the Irish Government walk with us and including Bertie Aherne, the Taoiseach and Ministers, Banner4Brendan Smith and John O’Donaghue.

Every year since we have continued to follow the route from the Irish World Heritage Centre to Manchester Town Hall, it continues to be a major IrishFestival event always preceded by Mass in Gaelic. Sadly this will like to take this opportunity to thank him for his great support and dedication over all those years and wish him a very happy retirement.

The parade is very much a community based event with participants of all ages,bands,floats and banners represent all the Countries of Ireland,the GAA, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Rose of Tralee, dancing schools and many more Community organisations.

Tens of thousands of people turn out to line the route of the parade to revel in the party atmosphere and join in the celebrations.


For further information please contact the Irish World Heritage Centre Tel: 0161 205 4007/E-mail: