Our presenters will provide commentary throughout the Parade proceedings and give insights into the background of the Parade’s 7 creative pageants, 10 transitional showpiece performances and 15 marching bands from across Ireland, North America and Canada.
Dáithí Ó Sé, RTÉ One’s Today said “I've watched the St. Patricks Day Parade on TV since I was little, and I'm so excited to be part of this year’s coverage. Every day is a great day to be Irish, but being in our capital city on Lá le Pádraig will certainly be one of my highlights of 2023. The parade is a way we show the world who we are agus táim ag súil go mór a bheith i measc an tslua sin.”
Sarah McInerney, RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime said “I've grown up watching the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, and every year I'm blown away by the colour and creativity and excitement of the day. It's hard to believe that this year I'm getting the opportunity to be part of something that is so uniquely Irish, but still has a global audience. I've seen some of what is planned for the 17th of March, and there's lots of amazing surprises in store. Don't forget to look up!"
Emer O’ Neill, RTÉ said “I am so excited to be part of the parade again this year. Last years was definitely one for the books being the first one back after Covid and the energy and life in the crowd was just out of this world. I cannot wait to see the crowds of people all in green, white and orange donning shamrocks and Irish flags. There is just something about the day that gets you going and so proud to be Irish.”
Crossy, FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock said: "I'm absolutely buzzed/delighted to be part of the St Patrick's festival parade presenters line up.I’ve so many childhood memories of watching this tv show, having front row seats from my sitting room watching the iconic parade go down O’ Connell street … to now being the person helping paint the picture for people around Ireland and the world is very special for me."
This year’s National St. Patrick’s Day Parade, driven by the values of community, diversity, youth and sustainability, will be the most ambitious ever, featuring breath-taking new artistic, interactive and aerial elements, and with over 4,000 participants it’s shaping up to be the largest ever National S. Patrick’s Day Parade!
On our national day of cultural celebration, St. Patrick’s Festival invites those across the world to come together on St. Patrick’s Day to collectively celebrate, share, laugh, perform, participate and remember that ‘MAR A CHÉILE SINN’ (WE ARE ONE).
Tune in to RTÉ One and RTÉ Player on Friday 17th March at 12.15pm and join in the fun and celebration!