Pipe bands, dance groups and performance artists come from all over the world to Galway each year to experience a parade that is widely regarded as one of the best in Ireland. The beauty of the Galway Parade is that it is small enough for group to truly feel a part of, yet big enough to create a special atmosphere. Up to 50,000 spectators line the streets each year and some of the narrow streets create an intimate cauldron that is an unforgettable experience for all participants. The Parade route moves through the centre of the medival City, a 1.5 mile journey through narrow cobbled streets, turning onto long wide streets. The Parade route is thronged with spectators from start to finish, creating a non-stop carnival atmosphere.