"The Samhain Parade" Dublin Things to Do Tip by Lochlainn

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  Halloween gets the bird
by Lochlainn

The Samhain Parade
Though Dubliners tend not to need much excuse for a party, the annual St Patrick's Day parade, albeit improved in recent years, is still very much of an anti-climax, dominated as it is by commercially sponsored floats and goose pimpled majorettes with spooky fixed grins imported especially for the occasion. The day is characterised by excessive drinking, bored children and atrocious weather most years! Since 1995 however, the Samhain Festival (Halloween) has more than made up for the former's failure - the parade itself, culminating in a giant fireworks display is merely one of many activities going on in and around the city streets. And as the main event is an evening occasion, the day is not marred by eejits who have ensconced themselves in public houses for twelve hour stretches! Also as it is Halloween after all, many of the 'spectators' are dressed as outlandishly as the performers. A really great vibe and a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

Directions: All round the city centre - the parade itself sets off from Parnell Square.
Website: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie

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  • Updated Jul 14, 2003
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