St. Patrick’s Day WA Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation established to promote and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Perth, Western Australia. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is marked by tradition and culture, and across the world on March 17th people don a shade of green and celebrate their own sense of ‘Irishness’.
It all began when Irish Families in Perth (IFIP) founded a committee (St. Patrick’s Day WA Inc.) in 2012 to take responsibility to revitalise St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the city and to create a family orientated, multicultural event with an emphasis on community involvement.
With the support and backing of the City of Vincent, Lotterywest, The Irish Government, other sponsors, partners, and various fundraising initiatives, the committee coordinated a traditional style parade through the centre of Leederville. The parade featured marching bands, local sports clubs, school teams, cultural groups and community businesses. A community festival in the Medibank Stadium followed with entertainment provided by Irish dancers, singers, musicians and sports as well as a number of stalls showcasing local groups, local crafts and traditional Irish goods.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Family Fun Day and all its fundraising and media activities is a non-sectarian, non-political event. The Committee reserves the right to refuse entry to any group, person or organisation that the Committee deems to be inappropriate.
St. Patrick’s Festival WA relies on the support from sponsors, fundraising initiatives and volunteers. If you would like to get involved, contact us at Olanstpatricksfestival@gmail.com.