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5 Quick Tips for Organising a St Patrick's Day Parade

Martina Westphal              February 6, 2015

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re organising a parade be sure to follow these 5 quick tips to ensure that the event runs smoothly and safely.


1. Complete a risk assessment

A full risk assessment should be completed well in advance of the event. Taking the actual event and crowds into account, carefully plan the route to avoid dangerous junctions and minimise the number of roads which need to be crossed. Depending on the amount of participants and time allocated for the parade, you will need to plan accordingly; such as determining how fast floats will travel and how far apart to space each participant.


2. Obtain permits

To organise large-scale parades in a town or city, you will need to obtain special permits to use public streets, erect barriers and hire marshals to control crowds and traffic.


3. Notify Gardaí

Gardaí should also be notified. They can provide guidance and advice in respect of route, numbers involved, times and details of participating floats and high risk activities.


4. Arrange Insurance

Each participating group should have their own Insurance cover – including Motor Insurance if applicable. If using a trailer or tractor as a stationary viewing stand or stage, a motor policy should be arranged, including passenger liability to persons not in a fixed passenger seat is required. Where possible you should avoid having people on the back of moving trailers.  If they need this they should make sure there is a railing around the trailer.


5. Spread the word

Lastly, make sure you generate excitement for the upcoming parade. As the day of your parade closely approaches, generate a buzz in your community by hanging banners or announce your parade in a local newspaper with details of route and starting times.


If you’re organising a St Patrick’s Day  Parade and would like to arrange insurance cover for the event, or would like to speak to someone for further advice, contact us on 01 6202030

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