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Celebrating Diversity on our National Holiday

21.03.2019

At Sunday’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade, Galway 2020 was represented by people from all over the world and from all walks of life, carrying flags that celebrate Galway, Ireland and Europe.

Galway 2020’s participation in the event highlighted that while Galway is on the western edge of Europe, in 2020, it will be the cultural heart of Europe.

With the theme of this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade being diversity, it was one of the biggest celebrations of diversity and multiculturalism in the event calendar in Galway, drawing crowds of up to 40,000. It was the perfect opportunity for Galway 2020 to fly the European flag, with less than a year to go until Galway hosts the European Capital of Culture in 2020.

“We had over 40 people marching in the Galway 2020 section of the parade, representing each of the 27 countries in the EU,” says Craig Flaherty, Galway 2020 producer. “Flags were carried by people from Galway and all over the world, celebrating our diversity. It was great to walk with so many different communities from our city celebrating St Patrick’s Day.”

“Flags were carried by people from Galway and all over the world, celebrating our diversity. It was great to walk with so many different communities from our city celebrating St Patrick’s Day.”

Galway 2020 is currently pulling together its programme of events, which will culminate in a largescale opening ceremony in 2020. Throughout the rest of the year there will be inspiring events and surprising moments taking place throughout Galway City and County. From visual art and theatre, to dance and film, 2020 will celebrate every aspect of culture.

2020 will be an ideal opportunity to open the channels between the city and county, to celebrate our culture and the vibrancy of this exceptional place in which we live, encourage a more inclusive society – so that everyone can truly feel part of this community we live in.

It is also about celebrating the most valuable aspects of Galway, Ireland and Europe’s rich culture, while making way for the new.

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