Paddy's Day Parades

We've been working with Fingal County Council on their St. Patrick's Day parade events for many years now. We've worked with them to bring new parades on line around Fingal, which have grown rapidly in popularity, as well as developing and enhancing previously established parades, such as the Swords one. 

Parade events are quite challenging and we enjoy working on them. By their very nature, they tend to involve many moving parts - both figuratively and literally - and can present some very particular challenges. We get a particular joy out working on these events alongside Fingal County Council as their Events Unit is experienced and truly operational in nature. They get stuck in, just like we do.

In recent years the Blanchardstown parade has been introduced and has grown and developed quite rapidly. We've worked closely with Fingal and the key statutory agency bodies to ensure that parade, in particular, is managed effectively as it grows year on year. 

Procurement regulations require that these events go to tender these days so we always enjoy putting our case forward and winning a competitive tender process to continue to work on these events.  

The Challenge

Parade events are challenging for many reasons. In particular, effectively managing tens of thousands of spectators so that they can see and enjoy everything while ensuring they’re safe at all times is no mean feat.

Our Solution

We integrate very effectively with the Fingal County Council Events Unit on these events. We produce EMPs for these events as well as chairing the statutory meetings. We provide a large number of Safety Management staff for each parade too.

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The Result

The number of participants and spectators are growing each year for these parade events – notwithstanding the impact of bad weather at times. We’ve helped bring Blanchardstown on line and it’s a very big parade, drawing huge crowds every year.

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We integrate very effectively with the Fingal County Council Events Unit on these events. We produce EMPs for these events as well as chairing the statutory meetings. We provide a large number of Safety Management staff for each parade too.

What we did

We spend a lot of time on site visits in the planning for these parades. The same routes can give rise to different challenges each year, especially in light of the likes of road works, new housing developments, changes in traffic management arrangements etc. 

We provided:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Event Management Plans
  • Chairing of statutory meetings
  • Event Controllers
  • Safety Officers
  • 13 x Safety Management Team

The number of participants and spectators are growing each year for these parade events – notwithstanding the impact of bad weather at times. We’ve helped bring Blanchardstown on line and it’s a very big parade, drawing huge crowds every year.

What we did

We've put in a lot of time on these parade events. The success and growth doesn't happen by accident, with Fingal County Council, multiple stakeholders and ourselves really taking a proper run to develop these events. 

The success of parade events is largely dictated by the success or lack thereof in attracting groups and individuals to be IN the parade. For every person who participates, you're guaranteed a few spectators. 

Fingal have done some superb work in attracting community groups, sports clubs and the likes to participate each year and that's contributing greatly to the growth we're seeing.

Safe Events provide a number of our Senior Safety personnel for the parades in Swords and Blanchardstown each year. With over 20,000 spectators to keep safe at each event, plus all the participants, it's vital for us that we have experienced and reliable eyes on the ground to ensure all runs right.

The Safe Events Team integrates seamlessly with us at this stage and it's that level of familiarity and shared understanding that helps us host large events safely in the Fingal area.

It's hard to imagine doing these events without having Safe Events there with us.

Paul Barnes
Events Officer
Fingal County Council