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FAQ's Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival 2023

Where and when does the parade start?

Kicking off at 9.30am, the parade will begin at the top of Argyle Street (near The Garrison Church).

Where is the best place to view the parade?

The opportune place to view the parade is on Argyle Street.  You can view the parade within the Rocks prescient.

Where is the Sydney St Patrick's Day Festival held?

This free festival will be held in The Rocks from 9:30am – 6pm on Sunday 19th March 2022. The main areas will include Customs House Square, First Fleet Park, MCA Lawn and Bligh & Barney Reserve.

Is the festival just on Sunday?

While the main festival itself is just taking place on Sunday, we have the Irish Film Festival running from Thursday 16th March with two movies every night from 5pm. On Saturday Night Sasta will take to the stage at First Fleet Park

Is First Fleet Park 18+ only?

No, this year ALL AREAS are open to all ages including main stage in First Fleet Park and rest of the festival space which includes the Children’s Area, art and craft tent, Irish dance performance stage, live music performances and much more.

Who is the festival for?

Everyone’s welcome.  The festival is a family fun day celebrating Irish culture and heritage but you don’t have to be Irish to attend or enjoy the festival.

Do I need to book a ticket?

No, the festival is free and no tickets are required. We do recommend arriving early especially if you intend to visit First Fleet Park.

How do I know what’s happening and when?

Here’s the full Festival Line-up.  It’s also included in the festival booklet which will be handed out on the day and is available on our website.

How do I know where everything is happening?

Our Festival Map can be found on our website and in the booklet.

What stalls will be there over the weekend?

We have the very best of Irish food, craft and gift as well as the SSPD Merchandise tent. For a full list of stalls, click here.  

What happens if it rains? 

The festival will go ahead as planned. Come prepared i.e. with umbrellas and rain jackets. We also have some wonderful green ponchos for sale at the SSPD Merchandise stall.

What is the best way to get to the festival?

Our Festival is perfectly located close to bus, train and tram stops. Find out the best way to get to the Sydney St Patrick's Day festival here

Is there parking?

There are several secure, conveniently located parking stations in The Rocks.

Can I bring my own alcohol into the festival?

There is no BYO alcohol allowed. There will be bag searches at the gate. The full event is licensed in all areas  and there is a bar on site.

Can I bring a picnic blanket or my own chair?

Yes, there will be lots of seating but you’re welcome to bring your own as well.

What entertainment will there be for children?

Lots! Free face painting, art and craft tent, tin whistle lessons, Irish dance performances and more. There will also be some special guests roaming throughout the day.  Most of the children entertainment will take place in Customs House Square.

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