The Brisbane Irish Festival is a long-standing annual event that promotes and celebrates the occasion of St Patrick’s Day, Irish culture and its contribution to the state of Queensland. The St Patrick’s Day Parade has been held amidst the streets of Brisbane city since 1989, flooding the inner-city district with a colourful convoy of more than 80 floats and displays representing Irish culture that provide free community-oriented entertainment for all ages.
2021 St Patrick’s Day Parade Update
It is with a heavy heart that due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee have decided not to proceed with our 2021 street parade until March 12, 2022. This decision has not been taken lightly especially following the cancellation of the 2020 parade on the eve of the event also due to COVID. We feel however it is the correct decision especially given the current uncertain environment.
As always, we will continue to support and promote all community events as part of Brisbane Irish Festival (March 6 – 17 March 21). Please stay tuned for events taking place throughout the week, confirmed events at time of writing are below.
We also plan on producing our parade program book which will be distributed electronically and throughout the city. If you would like to share a poem, story or event please contact us here or visit our Facebook page.
We look forward to producing a bigger and better parade in 2022 le cúnamh Dé and would encourage everyone to still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your own way and paint Brisbane green this March!
2021 Brisbane Irish Festival Events
The below events will be going ahead in 2021 subject to current COVID-19 restrictions. We will update this section in the coming weeks.
Brisbane Irish Festival Charity Ball 2021 in aid of IASA
Victoria Park Golf Complex
Join the Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland for the Brisbane Irish Festival Charity Ball 2021 in aid of IASAQ.
The night will consist of a two course meal and a three hour drinks package with traditional Irish music by Sásta.
This is always a fantastic night on the Irish event calendar with all proceeds going to help fund the Association, so we can continue to assist the Irish and Irish Australian community. Please consider coming along to support a good cause whilst celebrating our unique culture.
Queensland Irish Choir
Chermside and Kedron Community Church
The Queensland Irish Choir will return to Chermside for a two hour performance. Entry is $20 and includes afternoon tea.
The Chermside and Kedron Community Church is at the corner of Gympie Road & Rode Rd, Chermside.
St Patrick’s Eve Dinner
Pullman Brisbane Hotel
King George Square
Join Distinguished Guests, Queensland and Irish representatives to continue more than 123 years of celebrating Irish culture and heritage in Queensland.
Enjoy an evening with fine food, Guiness, beer, wine, soft drink, entertainment, guest speakers and Irish camaraderie.
St Patrick’s Day Mass
Cathedral of St Stephen
Elizabeth St, Brisbane City
St. Patrick’s Day Mass will be held on St. Patrick’s Day at the Cathedral of St Stephen on Elizabeth St, Brisbane city.
The 2021 Brisbane Irish Festival sponsors
We would like to thank our sponsors, Brisbane City Council, Queensland State Government, the Emigrant Support Program in the Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade (Irish Govt.), Irish Murphy’s, St. Joseph’s College – Gregory Terrace, St. Patrick’s College – Shorncliffe and all upcoming program advertisers for your support in 2021.