Thousands expected to celebrate St Patrick’s Day Omagh

The giant octopus will be at this year’s parade in Omagh.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations will bring Omagh town centre to life on Saturday 17 March with a varied programme of music, song, dance and fun for all the family from 12-4pm. The colourful carnival parade will feature Streetwise Performance and local community and sporting groups, schools, businesses and organisations and will weave its way through Omagh town centre from 1.30pm. St Eugene’s Brass and Reed Band will extend a musical welcome to visitors in the town centre from 12 noon.

Dún Úladh Cultural Heritage Centre will perform a ‘Shared Music Traditions’ programme of music, song, dance and storytelling on the OASIS Plaza, where you can also enjoy entertainment, food, face painting and balloon modelling. Local Comhaltas musicians, singers, Highland and Irish dancers, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association pipers and more will keep you entertained throughout the day. Omagh Ethnic Community Support Group will keep little hands busy as they get creative with arts and crafts from around the world in Omagh Community House. Music and entertainment starts from 1pm at Omagh Court House.

An area for people with access requirements will be reserved in front of the stage where British and Irish Sign Language interpreters will communicate throughout the parade. Local primary school children have come together to participate in this year’s Children’s Arts Exhibition illustrating ‘The Story of St Patrick’. This exhibition is beautifully displayed in Strule Arts Centre from March 9 to March 29. Speaking about the upcoming event, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council chairman Stephen McCann said, “I am delighted and honoured to be leading this year’s annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Omagh on Saturday, March 17. With a fantastic array of outdoor entertainment and indoor arts and crafts, local shopping and restaurants, there is something to entice
all the family into the town centre. I would encourage everyone to dress appropriately for the weather and come along to our St Patrick’s Day parade to ‘Celebrate Together’ on March 17.”

Omagh town centre will be open for business as usual however, traffic diversions will be in place for the duration of the parade. The carnival parade will begin at Drumragh Avenue car park, continuing onto Market Street, High Street, John Street, across Church Street, down Georges Street, High Street, Bridge Street and back to the OASIS Plaza. Drumragh Avenue car park will not be available on March 17; however, car parking will be available at South West College car park between 9-6pm. Car parking is also available at the Grange car park, Omagh Leisure Complex car park and other town centre car parks.

This event has received financial support from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations Programme assisted by the Executive Office. For more information on St Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Omagh or to reserve a place in the Access area, please visit or contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Events Management Team on 0300 303 1777 or textphone 028 8225 6216.



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