St Patrick’s Day parade 2018 time, route, special guests, line-up and everything you need to know

The entire country is gearing up for the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin city centre.

Crowds are expected to pack out Dublin’s busiest roads in preparation for the annual event, which is sure to be great fun for the entire family.

There’s plenty planned for this year’s event, including a world famous grand marshal and a special guest that is sure to excite the crowds.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin city centre.

What time is it at?

The St Patrick’s Day parade begins at 12pm, but you can expect crowds to begin building from early morning.

Where does it start?

This year, it begins at Parnell Square.

Where can I watch it?

If you can’t make it to Dublin city centre for the parade, you can watch it on RTE One from 12.15pm.

What is the route?

The route starts at Parnell Square, heads down O’Connell Street and Westmoreland Street before turning onto Dame Street. From there, it continues on to Lord Edward Street and then goes on to Nicholas Street and Patrick Street. Finally, it turns toward Kevin Street where the route finishes up.

Who is leading the parade this year?

The 2018 grand parade marshal is Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham.

Are there any special guests?

Yes, the force will be strong at this year’s parade. It’s been confirmed that Star Wars star Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will be in attendance.

What can we expect from the parade?

As always, there will be brilliant performers taking part including bands from both Ireland and the US. Bands travelling to Dublin for the event include the Lumberjack Marching Band from Texas. Our very own Clondalkin Youth Band will also be taking part.

Also taking part will be the Community Arts Participation Project: City Fusion. This integrates groups such as the Lithuanian Association of Ireland, the Simon Community and the Irish Wheelchair Association Clontarf Branch.

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