Ireland's leading street theatre and pageant companies responded artistically to the 2018 theme, Home is Where the Heart is. Their magnificent creations and flamboyant performances inspired by all things home, weaved their way through the capital in spectacular fashion.
Bands from far and wide delivered dazzling rhythms and uplifting musical scores that reverberated throughout the streets of Dublin for the magnificent procession.
The Festival parade swirled by in all its glory and hundreds of thousands of people made the atmosphere at the Festival parade something special to remember.
See parade route map available here.
Community Arts Project: City Fusion
City Fusion the Festival's in house Community Arts Project promotes integration, inclusion and celebrates diversity.
It is commissioned annually and engages with groups and communities from a variety of backgrounds. Participants work together alongside professional artists to create a large scale pageant and are immersed in the creative process. After learning skills in performance, street-theatre, dance and circus they perform in their City Fusion pageant on 17th March. Read more about City Fusion here.
You can find a list of all Pageant companies that featured in the 2018 Parade here.
To learn more about the Marching Bands that performed in the 2018 Parade click here.
- Marching Bands 2018
La Cañada High School Marching Spartans
From: California, USA
Directors: Mr. Jason Stone and Mr. James Myers
The La Cañada Marching Spartans represent their high school at numerous performances throughout the Southern California area including, Western Band Association Championships, local parades and marching annually at Disneyland. Under the direction of Mr. Jason Stone and Mr. James Myers they have received high honours at field and parade competitions at local and national levels.
The Lumberjack Marching Band
From: Texas, USA
Directors: Dr. David W. Campo, Dr. Tamey Anglley
Established in 1926 the Lumberjack Marching Band from Stephen F. Austin State University has entertained millions of people. Based in Nacogdoches, East Texas, the band has performed for athletic events on their own Campus and at stadiums across the southeast. They have also performed internationally at Parades in London and New York.
Jackson High School “Purple Army” Marching Band
From: Ohio, USA
Director: Mrs. Michele N. Monigold
The Jackson High School “Purple Army” Marching Band has travelled and performed all over the United States and has also travelled to China to perform for their sister school and on the Great Wall. Their unique style and quality of their performances has garnered praise from around the United States and abroad.
The University of Illinois “Marching Illini”
From: Illinois, USA
Director: Mr. Barry L. Houser
Founded in 1868, the unique style of the Marching Illini represents a combination of time-honoured traditions and exciting innovations. Members of the Marching Illini represent virtually every college and major on the University’s diverse Urbana-Champaign campus. They are no strangers to Ireland and 2018 marks their 8thperformance at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Dublin.
Legacy High School Lightning Marching Band
From: Colorado, USA
Director: Mr. J. Clayton Stansberry
The Legacy High School Lightning Marching Band pursue excellence in all that they do. From State Championships to Nationally and Internationally televised appearances, their goal is to create entertaining, excellent, and creative performances. There is a unique synergy between all aspects of the Legacy band program which yields outstanding results and performances.
Purdue “All-American” Marching Band
From: Indiana, USA
Director: Mr. Jay S. Gephart
Organised in 1886, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band enjoys over 125 years of tradition on the West Lafayette campus. Each year, the band serves up some of the university’s favourite traditions – the Block “P” formation, Big Bass Drum and lively half-time shows. They are one of the largest collegiate marching bands in the nation.
Youngsville High School Marching Eagles
From: Pennsylvania, USA
Director: Ms. Cynthia Scheid
Youngsville High School Marching Eagles are under the direction of Ms. Cynthia Scheid who is in her 27th year as Band Director. The Marching Eagles enjoy marching for Youngsville community events, competitions and football games. Gold medal finishers in the Atlantic Court Championship, this year marks their fourth appearance in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Dublin.
Vestavia Hills Rebel Marching Band
From: Alabama, USA
Directors: Mr. Jerell Horton and Ms. Heather Palmer
The Vestavia Hills Rebel Marching Band was formed in 1970 in Vestavia Hills a suburb of beautiful historic Birmingham, Alabama. The band has consistently received superior ratings at concert band, jazz and marching band festivals. In addition to performing at various school functions, the band also performs locally providing music for planned concerts and civic functions.
Lakeville South High School Marching Cougars
From: Minnesota, USA
Director: Mr. Chad Bieniek
The Lakeville South High School Marching Cougars, established eleven years ago have recently completed their first competitive marching year, earning the People’s Choice Award. A firm favourite with crowds both at home and abroad, The Lakeville South Band program prides itself on serving its students, school and community.
From: Nebraska, USA
Director: Mrs. Sue Foehlinger
Sue’s Stepper-ettes Parade and Dance team was formed in 1973. The group has since grown to be the largest baton twirling and dance organization of its kind in the Midwest. Under the direction of Mrs Sue Foehlinger, they have performed and competed all over the world and have earned three World Championship titles.
Clondalkin Youth Band
Director: Mr. Vincent Dolan
One of the largest marching and concert bands in Ireland, they have performed every year in the Dublin Parade since 1989. The band is under the expert guidance and baton of Mr. Vincent Dolan, a graduate of the College of Music, Dublin and a full-time member of the Irish Army School of Music.