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A very proud 'St Patrick' announces plans for this years St Patrick's Festival in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare This years St. Patrick’s Festival in Newry City builds on the fantastic 2013 parade and this time around it's all about Belonging in the Community.

The parade is back where it belongs, on St Patricks Day itself and again takes in the entire city, from Buttercrane Quay to Francis Street to Patrick St to Monaghan Street to Merchants Quay to Sugar Island to Hill Street. 

Luv Bug will be performing during the day along with The Professionals and to cap it all Declan Nerney will be headlining the main stage.

The festival celebrations will commence with the annual parade starting at 12 noon on the 17th of March departing from the Quays Shopping and Leisure Centre (Albert Basin) finishing along Cathedral Quarter, Hill Street.  (Vehicular floats disperse onto Water Street).  

This year’s festival theme is ‘Celebrating Belonging in the Community’ and Newry and Mourne District Council are calling on all sections of the community across  the greater Newry and Mourne area to get involved in this year’s parade.  

Whether you are a community, voluntarily, youth or sporting groups / associations, primary or secondary schools, arts and culture groups, marching bands or businesses, we want everyone to participate incorporating this year’s theme.  Excellent prizes awarded for best participants on the day.

Some ways you could take part include Entering a float, Walking in the parade representing your organisation, Walking in the parade in fancy dress , Arranging your own entertainment as part of the festival or Dressing shop windows and ensuring staff wear appropriate attire on the day 

Prizes will be awarded for best participants on the day.

Street entertainment in the events space, Cathedral Quarter includes: Newry’s very own Newry Community Band and ever so popular Luv Bug and The Professionals. Headlining the main stage is Ireland’s number one performer Declan Nerney and his band. The traditional Street Céili with Raymond Carroll Fear a’Ti will be performed in Margaret Square.  

Announcing St Patrick's Festival 2014 in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'HareThe Sean Hollywood Arts Centre will be a hive of activity providing traditional music and children’s entertainment with food being served all day in Courtney’s Restaurant.

The Irish Language Unit within the Council have organised 4 lecture events for the local Irish Language community and Irish speakers as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014 taking place 1st – 17th March.  For more information contact: 028 3031 3258.

Various events will be taking place in the Newry Variety Market, Newry Town Hall, Newry & Mourne Museum, along with entertainment in night time venues across the City Centre.  Cullen’s Funfair will be located St. Christopher’s Park. 

There will be ongoing children’s street entertainment including cartoon characters; face painting, balloon modelling and The Fun House team will be in attendance with a 20ft Laser Tag Arena and Fun House Bouncy Castle.  The East Coast Adventure team will be in attendance with their mobile climbing frame.  

There will be welcome return of street trading and charity stalls to Hill Street selling all sorts of weird and wonderful goods.

Programme of events will be available and distributed over the course of next couple of weeks.  

Commenting on the festivities Cllr Michael Ruane, Mayor, Newry and Mourne District Council said "As Mayor it gives me great pleasure to present this year’s very impressive festival events programme.  I extend an open invitation to one and all across the greater Newry & Mourne area to come along be a part of a truly memorable family, fun day out.

"I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the event organisers; Newry & Mourne District Council and Newry City Centre Management for their efforts in co-ordinating the event which is filled with culture, music, dance and entertainment."

There will also be an ‘Interdenominational Ecumenical Service’ on Wednesday 12th March at 11:30am in St. Mary’s Church – John Mitchel Place.

So join us for an experience to awaken the Saint Patrick’s Day atmosphere in true Newry fashion and my family look forward to seeing you all and wishing everyone an enjoyable day.   

For more information please contact Newry City Centre Management Tel: 028 3025 0303 Email: donna@newry.com or Newry and Mourne Council Tel: 028 3031 3287 or Email: rita.lewis@newryandmourne.gov.uk

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