New venue for Sydney St Patrick's parade festival

The Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade will change direction and a different park will host the festival next year, the Irish Echo has learned.

While the celebration will again be hosted in The Rocks area, the parade will now begin at Dawes Point Park, which hosted this year’s rain-soaked family concert.

The parade will travel south down George St. The post-parade festivities will take place at First Fleet Park and Tallawoladah Place adjacent to the Museum Of Contemporary Art.

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment told the Irish Echo the changes would “expand the parade” and create a “unique harbourside experience” for revellers.

First Fleet Park at Circular Quay will play host to St Patrick’s Day festivities in 2020.

First Fleet Park at Circular Quay will play host to St Patrick’s Day festivities in 2020.

“We are partnering with the organisers on some exciting new initiatives for next year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations to enable the parade and festival to connect with a much larger audience.

“This includes an opportunity to expand the parade down George St, which is an iconic route and can accommodate high numbers of spectators. Dawes Point Park will continue to play a key role in the celebrations as the parade assembly area and two of our premium harbourside venues in The Rocks, First Fleet Park and Tallawoladah Place, will host the festival.

“This will allow organisers to take advantage of the substantial foot traffic in Circular Quay and will create a unique, harbourside experience for festival patrons.

“We look forward to working with the St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival organisers to ensure patrons, visitors and vendors have a great experience during the day-long celebrations.”

This year’s parade took place on one of the wettest days of the year in Sydney but large crowds still turned up in the historic Rocks are to join the celebrations.

The 2020 festivities will take place on Sunday, March 15.

Organisers will host a fundraising Christmas Ball on Saturday, November 30 at The Westin in Sydney.