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Monsters of the Marsh!

The Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Monday, March 17th. With over 40 amateur and professional groups participating in the Parade, it will definitely be an event that you will want to be part of, and remember – our city, our community, our celebration!Kick-starting the parade are Dowtcha Puppets with a specially comissioned carnival-style street theatre version of the city crest featuring our Cork city emblem - two towers and a ship in the harbour.And so, with up to 40 people making the waves of the River Lee, a ship will be populated by a number of puppets representing the crews of migrant and visiting sailors seeking safe harbour between the city towers!

Monsters of the Marsh


Spraoi, the street-spectacle artists, team up with Cork-based dance group No Frontiers, to bring you, your family and friends a great mix of music, mime and mayhem, while Mad Murphy III and his mysterious monsters of the marsh pay tribute to the wonderful and sometimes bizarre travelling circuses that entertained and amazed the Victorian world of the late 19th century.

With his entourage of dancers, showgirls and flag-bearers, Mad Murphy III will lead out a 60ft Victorian circus train complete with steam engine, coal tender and open topped circus cage. Contained within the cage are two giant monsters troll-like men, precariously chained and controlled by their handlers, but with a tendency to get more than a little upset when not treated with respect!

At the heart of the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2008 are the hundreds of volunteer participants who will be representing their own community groups in the areas of performance, dance, sport, arts, music and theatre. So get there early to get a good view and enjoy the fun atmosphere of Cork's St. Patrick’s Parade.

Further Information
e: stpatricksfestival@corkcity.ie
t: +353 (0) 21 492 47 80