Applications are now open to participate in Tralee 800th Anniversary St Patrick’s Day. THE 2016 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Tralee will be the most unique in the town’s history as the theme will be based around Tralee 800 – a celebration of the birthday of Kerry’s county capital. The Grand Marshall this year will be Special Olympics Gold Medal Winner, Brendan O’Connell, from Tralee. Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the parade and local community groups and organisations, as well as clubs, schools and businesses are invited to take part. The Chairman of the Tralee St Patrick’s Day Organising Committee, Johnnie Wall, said that this year is a historic year in Tralee for a number of reasons; it’s the 800th anniversary of Tralee, it’s the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the Rose of Tralee International Festival is being extended from five to seven days. Applications are now open for participants and more info can be got on Tralee.ie.