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Sara Granda and Polina Shatkina of Fidget Feet launching Riverfest Limerick 2024. Pic Arthur Ellis

Riverfest Limerick 2024 will mark 20 years of the festival bringing fun, food, and festivities to the city!

The Pegasé show in this year’s festival will make its way along the banks of the River Shannon and the city for the Riverfest 2024 parade. Picture: Caroline Barbarit

Riverfest Limerick 2024 has announced the inclusion of the Pegasé show in this year’s festival which will see a giant winged Pegasus lead the charge in a spectacular city parade.

On Friday evening a giant winged Pegasus will leap straight out of Greek Mythology to strut its stuff along the banks of the River Shannon and through the city in a carnival-style parade that is not to be missed. With organises saying the spectacle is sure to invoke memories of the visit of the Giant Granny to Limerick ten years ago.

Riverfest Street Parties at Howley’s Quay will add a new outdoor party area for 2024 while the Riverfestival Village and Panoramic Wheel are among the many returning attractions. Savour the tastes at the National All Ireland BBQ Competition, catch bingo fever with Fidget Feet and turn on the style at FashionFest.


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There will be thrills and spills on the River Shannon with kayaking, dragon boats, angling, rowing, boat tours, and swimming all making a splash across the weekend. Thousands of people are expected to descend on the city to enjoy Limerick’s biggest weekend of the year and soak up the different kinds of energy that make Limerick unique.

Riverfest weekend also feature the Regeneron Great Limerick Run, hailed as the largest mass participation event outside of Dublin, which anticipates a record number of participants for this year’s event taking during the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

Speaking at a launch event at the Curragower Bar and Restaurant, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell said, “We’re thrilled to mark this milestone anniversary of Riverfest Limerick with an incredible array of activities and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. I’m really excited to watch the spectacle of Pegasé on Friday evening.

Sara Granda and Polina Shatkina of Fidget Feet launching Riverfest 2024. Picture: Arthur Ellis
Sara Granda and Polina Shatkina of Fidget Feet launching Riverfest 24. Picture: Arthur Ellis

“This is sure to cement Limerick’s reputation as the place to be for the May Bank Holiday Weekend. I know the people of Limerick will join me in embracing the spirit of community and camaraderie that this festival thrives upon as we extend a warm Limerick welcome to all who join us from near and far.”

Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council, Dr Pat Daly is inviting people to embrace the festivities which have become “synonymous with fun, energy, and the vibrant spirit of Limerick, earning its rightful place on Ireland’s festival calendar”. 

He said, “I encourage everyone in Limerick to embrace this opportunity to showcase the best of Limerick’s hospitality and charm. I am really looking forward to the Pegasé show hitting Limerick’s streets on Friday evening. It is certain to thrill and enchant both young and old and is an exciting way to herald the arrival of Riverfest Limerick 2024. Let’s make Riverfest 20 a celebration to remember.”  

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