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St. Patrick's Day Parade

Details about the annual St. Patricks Day parade in Greystones Municipal District.

Greystones St Patrick's Day

A St. Patrick’s Day parade will not be held in Greystones this year for a number of reasons including the lack of staff/volunteers available to carry out physical duties on the day, the statutory road closure process and the uncertainty surrounding Covid 19 infections and transmission.

While the Municipal District has organised parades in the past, this is no longer feasible. However, there is an opportunity for any interested community or business group to host an event in the future, as is the case in most other towns.

To mark our national day this year local businesses will be encouraged to decorate their shop windows and the offices of the Municipal District, and Greystones library, will be lit up in green for the week commencing Monday 14th March.



No St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held in Greystones in 2021 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  Greystones Municipal District regrets any inconvenience caused.  


Due to the possible threat to public health from the COVID-19 virus, a decision was made to cancel the 2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Greystones.  Greystones Municipal District regrets any inconvenience caused.  


Greystones Municipal District organises a St. Patrick's Day Parade each year, and all local businesses, organisations and clubs are invited to participate. Preparations for the 2020 parade have commenced and entries are now being accepted.   Places in the parade are allocated mainly on a first come first served basis having regard to the requirements of the emergency services and safety issues in relation to larger vehicles.

Prize categories & awards presentation

Winners are presented with trophies at an awards night hosted in the Civic Offices. The prize categories are:

  • Most Original Entry
  • Most Colourful Entry
  • Best Uniformed Organisation
  • Best Traditional Irish Entry
  • Most Topical Entry
  • Most Entertaining Entry
  • Best Social/Cultural Entry
  • Best Sports Entry
  • Best Commercial Entry
  • Best Musical Entry
  • Overall Parade Winner

Window display competition

Greystones Municipal District also organises a Window Display Competition in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  All traders in the town are encouraged to participate and decorate their shop windows for our national day.

There is no fee or entry form required for the competition.  Traders who decorate their windows are automatically included and the windows are judged by an independent body of people.  Participation lends a festive air to the town and gives visitors an opportunity to stop and admire.  The competition always generates good publicity for those who take part.

The results of the Window Display competition are announced when the winners of the various categories in the parade are published.