Essex: Go Bragh Parade


Each year in Essex, around the middle of March, everyone gets to be Irish for a day. The 8th annual Essex go Bragh Irish Parade & Festival steps off from Town Hall. This special event is sponsored by Essex Park and Recreation and is held annually on the Saturday before St. Patrickís Day.

The Essex Go Bragh (translated as Essex Forever) Irish Parade & Festival features an Irish-themed parade down Main Street into the heart of Essex Village followed by the Festival. The idea for this event was born in the minds of Park and Recreation staff as a new special event for Essex that would get people together in the village for fun and festivities and to hopefully break the spell of a long and cold winter. As the Town of Essex was already a host to a multitude of parades throughout the year, Park and Recreation thought why not create another parade? Over the years Essex go Bragh has been very well received by the community, enjoying many hundreds of visitors each year.

The parade is truly a festive affair for the whole family with a lot to see and enjoy. A color guard of local Essex veterans leads the march followed by the antique cars of the Essex Auto Club. A carriage, drawn by horses from Allegra Farms, carries our grand marshal along our parade route. Local officials and politicians compete for space amongst the fife and drums, Irish step dancers, tractors and floats. In previous years, local scouting organizations, Essex Lions Club, Essex Community Fund, Ivoryton Playhouse, Essex Meadows, Essex Fire Departmentís antique fire truck and live music have highlighted the parade as well. Additionally, marchers have included the Valley Regional High School State Champion Boys Basketball Team, the Essex Elementary School Green Team, several local businesses and many other community groups. Music is provided by the Sailing Masters of 1812.
Location: 29 West Ave., Essex
URL: http://www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation/news/essex-go-bragh-irish-parade-steps-off-310-at-1030am
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10:30am EST
Category: Parades*
Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:21pm GMT