Participate in the 2024 parade

We are now accepting registrations for the 2024 parade on Saturday 16th March 10:30am – 11:30am.
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2024 Brisbane St Patrick’s Day Parade

The 2024 parade will start and end at Brisbane Botanic Gardens on Alice Street and will continue along the same route as in 2023 on Saturday 16th March 10:30am – 11:30am. Due to flooding in 2022, we adjusted the parade route to proceed down Margaret Street instead of Mary Street due to flood works and repairs. We will proceed down this same route again in 2024.

Participation spaces are limited but we try our best to accommodate all who want to join in on the fun. We encourage all participants to be as creative and festive as possible and embrace this years’ theme of ‘Irish Myths and Legends. Remember – the bigger and brighter the better!

The most impressive float, decided by the committee members and dignitaries on the day, will be awarded “The Jan Dooley St. Patrick’s Day Parade Best Float Award” for the most outstanding float on show.

Please read the participation rules below before applying. 

Donate and support

The Brisbane St. Patrick’s Day relies upon funding and the support and generosity of local businesses to hold this community-run parade. Please consider making a donation.

Irish Myths and Legends

Parade Theme

In 2024, the parade will embrace the captivating theme of ‘Irish Myths and Legends’. We encourage participants to get creative and become contenders for the 2024 Jan Dooley St. Patrick’s Day Parade Best Float Award. Think of stories like Tír na nÓg, Diarmuid and Gráinne, The Children of Lir, Cú Chulainn, Faries and Irish symbolism and stories etc.

Irish Myths and Legends

Register to participate in the 2024 Brisbane St. Patrick's Day Parade

The application deadline is Thursday 29th February 2024.

Please read the participation requirements below before applying.

Participation requirements and code of conduct

Please take note of the vehicle safety guidelines that must be followed.

  • Participants are to follow the parade marshals’ instructions closely on the day.
  • For environmental reasons, balloons are not permitted in the 2024 parade. Please consider using reusable decorations like flags, bubbles, bunting, flowers, and paper decorations.
  • All minors are to be accompanied by an adult on a float but we would prefer there were no minors for safety reasons.
  • No activities such as dancing or jumping on the back of trucks or utes are permitted.
  • Any political demonstration or protest of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • The use of lewd or vulgar language is not permitted when marching.
  • No drinking alcohol or smoking in the parade.
  • If submitting a vehicle, please describe how your vehicle will be decorated. Poorly decorated vehicles with excess advertising will be rejected. If in doubt please query in the registration form or email
  • Only registered vehicles will be permitted in the parade so please fill out the form accurately.
  • If your vehicle is deemed unfit or unsafe for the parade, you may be prevented from participating. Marshalls will inspect your float before proceeding.
  • Participants are not to throw or distribute candy, flyers, or any other objects from vehicles or marchers.
  • Participants are not allowed to solicit donations on the parade route or sell anything to spectators. Parade Marshals will enforce this policy.
  • Large inflatables must be secured.
  • Private businesses will incur a $200 participation fee. Fee is waived for advertisers and sponsors.  


The Jan Dooley St. Patrick’s Day Parade Best Float Award

The best float takes home “Jan Dooley St. Patrick’s Day Parade Best Float Award”!

Jan Dooley reestablished the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 1989 with her husband Dr. Tom Dooley, Jim Morrissey, Pat Fitzpatrick and friends. Jan passed in 2018 and is survived by her devoted husband Tom, their four children and nine grandchildren.

Previous winners:

  • 2023: Australian Irish Dancing Association Queensland
  • 2022: St Patrick’s College Shorncliffe
  • 2019: Queensland Irish Dance Association
  • 2018: The QIA Pipe Band