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How Donegal will celebrate St Patrick's Day

Parades are taking place all over the county on Sunday

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St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of our tradition and culture and there is no shortage of parades planned around the county to enjoy.
In Ardara, the St Patrick’s Parade takes place on Monday at 3.30pm.
But most other parades in Donegal are on Sunday.
In Ballybofey & Stranorlar the parade is on Sunday at 3pm. The Twin Towns St Patrick’s Day parade is now in its 7th year. In that short time, the parade has become the biggest annual Community event in the Finn Valley.
This year’s theme is Heroes and Heroines.

In Ballyshannon, Sunday’s parade is at 2pm and starts from the Fair Green at the top of the town and those not attending the parade should use the N15 Ballyshannon Bypass.
The Ballyshannon St Patrick’s Day Parade was re-instated in 1998 and has run every year since. Last year there were eight bands, 30 floats and 15 community groups in participation.
Buncrana’s parade will take place on Sunday at 3pm. In Bundoran, the parade is on Sunday at 3.30pm. And approximately 10,000 people are expected to attend.
St. Patrick’s Day preparations are well underway in Burtonport as the community pull together to host the 15th annual St. Patrick’s Day event in St Columba's community centre. As usual, the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations begin with 11.30am Mass in Acres, followed by a celebration of Irish culture in the hall from 12noon – 2pm.
Donegal Town is looking forward to celebrating our National Holiday with their Annual Parade on Sunday at 3pm.
RTÉ will be filming this year’s parade and all business and community groups are encouraged to take part so that Donegal Town can be showcased.
Sunday’s parade in Dunfanaghy starts at 2pm with assembly at Moore’s Garage at 1pm
There are parades too on Sunday in Falcarragh (3pm) and Gaoth Dobhair (2.30pm).
In Killybegs, Sunday’s parade will start at 3pm from St Catherine’s School with the parade adapting a maritime theme.

Letterkenny
The Letterkenny St. Patrick’s Day Parade is taking place on Sunday at 3pm. The theme is ‘Celebrating Letterkenny Together’. The reviewing platform is located at Market Square where there will be music and Irish Dancing from 2.15pm.
This year, in a change from the norm, the organisers are asking walking entries and walking entries attached to motorised floats to assemble at An Grianan Theatre Car Park.
The motorised entries will line up as usual along Pearse Road and the walking entries will be filtered in to the parade from the Theatre. So spectators will get the best vantage points from the Main Street.
The parade in Carrigart will start at 1pm and in Moville, the parade starts at 2.30pm.