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Galway and Dublin 2018 Parade Route Announced

Posted on: October 20, 2018

We’re delighted to share the route for the 2018 Macnas Parade in Galway and Dublin.

Please follow the advice of stewards and security at all access points to the parade route, who will advise you on the where to view the parade from.


‘Out of the Wild Sky’ will kick off at 5.30pm on Sunday 28 October. Hundreds of performers will depart from outside the main gates of NUI Galway (no admission to college grounds) and move down University Road, across Salmon Weir Bridge, turning right at the Town Hall Theatre, moving across Francis’ and Eglinton Streets, down Shop Street and into the Latin Quarter, down Mainguard Street and Bridge Street. It will then continue across O’Brien’s Bridge and Dominick Street, before finishing on Claddagh Quay.

Recommended family viewing areas allow for a better vantage point for children and easier buggy access. Families can watch in comfort on University Road, along Eglinton Street or near the end of the route as the parade pushes all along the Claddagh Quay. The designated wheelchair/disabled viewing point is at Galway Cathedral.

Special thanks to the Galway companies for helping to make this year’s parade possible, Galway City Council, our parade partners The Latin Quarter GalwayAcorn InsuranceGalway ClinicO’Connells BarThe Connacht Hotel & Connacht Hospitality Group!

View HQ version of map here.


The parade will depart from Moore St. at 7pm, and travel through Dublin 1, ending at Mary’s Lane (by the Fruit Market).

Route: Moore St → Henry St → Mary Street → Capel St → Little Britain St → Halston St → Mary’s Lane (end point).

The parade starts on Moore St, travelling through Henry St, Mary St, Capel St, Little Britain St, Halston St and ends on Mary’s Lane.

Arrive early – there will be big crowds and you’ll want to settle into the right spot before it starts. We suggest finding your spot along the route from 6.30pm. All streets on the route have excellent visibility, but we suggest avoiding junctions & corners, as these bottlenecks tend to be the spots with poorest visibility.

Viewing Locations  
There is excellent visibility along the whole route, but Henry St. and Mary St. will be very busy and crowded. There is usually more space along Little Britain St and Halston St. The parade will arrive at these streets approx 30 mins after departing Moore St.

Download Map & Info Sheet  
Download our map and info sheet here: Macnas Map 2018


We have a dedicated viewing area for people with accessibility requirements or special needs. Space in the dedicated accessibility viewing area is limited and therefore needs to be reserved.

The Macnas parade is presented by Bram Stoker Festival, an initiative of Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland.

With support from Dublin Town, Carrolls Irish Gifts and Hickey’s Fabric

Galway and Dublin 2018 Parade Route Announced