Macnas warming up for annual Halloween parade

A scene from the 2016 Halloween Macnas parade, Savage Grace.

Macnas Theatre Company is one of Galway’s real treasures, a creative company that has reimagined itself in recent years under the artistic directorship of Noeline Kavanagh. Its talented members will take to the city’s streets on Sunday, October, 29, for this year’s Halloween Parade, for which the main sponsor is The Latin Quarter. The following day, Macnas will take part in Dublin’s Halloween celebrations and later this year, will bring that parade to Hull, the UK’s City of Culture.

Giants, goblins,wolves and the otheworldly creatures that Macnas are so good at creating fit in particularly well with Halloween, a time of year when the veil between the world of the living and the dead is at its most permeable. The usual mix of mischief and mayhem can be expected at this family event, with the promise from Macnas of “some truly incredible new work”.

More details of that new work will be announced in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, the company is seeking volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in the parade and are over the age of 18, check out the details on the group’s Facebook page. Or, if you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring or supporting the parade, you can email

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.