Riverfest returns with a splash for 20th anniversary celebrations

The giant pegasus will be a main feature of this year's Riverfest. Photo: Caroline Barbarit.

LIMERICK’S annual celebration of the River Shannon returns with a splash to mark 20 years.

Riverfest will return to the Treaty City this May Bank Holiday weekend (May 3 to 6), filling Limerick City’s streets with colour, fun, and even a giant pegasus.

On the Friday night (May 3), a ‘Pégase’ parade will fill the city’s quays and will see a giant pegasus leap right out of Greek mythology and onto the Treaty streets.

Riverfest street parties will take place on Howley’s Quay, while the Riverfestival Village and Panoramic Wheel will return to Arthur’s Quay Park for the duration of the festival.

The National All-Ireland BBQ Festival will also return to Shannonside, while festival goers can catch bingo fever with Fidget Feet’s aerial bingo, taking place at various times across the weekend.

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Local style icon Celia Holman Lee will also be on hand throughout opening night to help showcase the designs of the final year students of the BA in Fashion Design at Limerick School of Art and Design.

The River Shannon will take centre stage throughout the weekend with kayaking, dragon boats, angling, rowing, swimming, and boat tours taking place across the weekend.

Launching the 20th anniversary of Riverfest, Mayor Gerald Mitchell said he was “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.”

“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.”

Limerick City and County Council chief executive Dr Pat Daly notes that Riverfest “has become synonymous with fun, energy, and the vibrant spirit of Limerick, earning its rightful place on Ireland’s festival calendar.”

“I encourage everyone in Limerick to embrace this opportunity to showcase the best of Limerick’s hospitality and charm.”

The full programme of events can be found on Limerick.ie.