Opening ParadeThis is the official opening of the Carrickmacross Festival. It takes place on the Main Street on Friday evening. A carnival atmosphere full of costume, samba bands, Street Entertainers and Fancy Dress.

This part of the evening is totally for the little people where there is face painting, clowns, and loads of funny people doing funny things. This year will prove to be even more special as we have increased the spectacle with even more colour and street entertainment.

We would welcome any organization, club or just even family and friends to participate with us in the opening parade. The carnival atmosphere and parade is welcomed by the locals who line the street for this amazing showcase of local and national talent along with the little people who are allowed stay up a little later than usual just to see there faces light up. Then the fire eating, acrobatics and much more in front of the main stage followed by live music till late.