Submissions for 2022 parade are now open

We are now accepting nominations for the 2022 parade on Saturday 12th March 10:30am – 11:30am.

2022 Brisbane St Patrick’s Day Parade

We are very excited for the return of the St Patrick’s Day Parade here in Brisbane. Our last parade was in 2019 and it was clear everyone enjoyed the wonderful parade that started and and ended at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The parade route in 2022 is the same and we are now accepting applications to participate in the parade on Saturday 12th March 10:30am – 11:30am.

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 – 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. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Celebrating our Frontline Workers

2022 Parade Theme: 

Celebrating frontline workers

The Irish community wants to acknowledge and thank our frontline workers who have faced unprecedented times in recent years, so we are dedicating the 2022 St Patricks Day Parade to them. Please consider the theme when decorating your float. More detail to come upon registration. 

Participation rules

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

  • Please follow the parade marshals instructions closely on the day.
  • Participants on the back of a truck or ute need to be enclosed with a railing above waist height. If the truck or ute does not have adequate railing, participants need to sit. Participants are not allowed sit on the edge of a flat bed ute, they are to sit in the middle.
  • 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 about on the back of trucks or utes is allowed.
  • Please describe how your vehicle will be decorated. Poorly decorated vehicles with excess advertising will be rejected. If in doubt please query in the form below.
  • We will not be accepting more vehicles than submitted so please fill 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.
  • Follow all COVID-19 safety protocols on the day. We will update this as required. Please follow all up-to-date Government health advice
  • Participants are not to throw or distribute candy, flyers or any other objects from vehicles or from 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. Learn more about advertising.

Deadline to apply: 28th February 2022

Brisbane St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2022 Nomination Form

Businesses that have not sponsored or booked a program ad space will incur a $200 parade participation fee. Not for Profits are exempt.
The cost of running the parade every year is significant. Any financial contribution goes to improving and growing the parade.

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.

In 2019 the Queensland Irish Dance Association won with the The QIA Pipe Band winning in 2018. We look forward to see who will be the most outstanding in 2022.