Mardi Gras & Fireworks Extravaganza at Ballina Salmon Festival

Enjoy an incredible explosion of colour, Latin rhythms, street theatre and dance at the electrifying Mardi Gras & Fireworks Spectacular at Ballina Salmon Festival on Saturday 15th July from 10pm.


Saturday night in Ballina is the biggest night of the year, as the town gears up for its incredible Mardi Gras Parade. Over 25,000 people crowd into the town for a party to remember in the heart of Ballina. Ease into the night by watching the final of the Supermac’s Ballina Busking Competition at the Market Square, then quickly find the best vantage point along the streets to get the best view of the show!

At 10pm, watch as the streets come to life with colour, costume and craic. Enjoy an incredible explosion of colour, Latin rhythms, street theatre and dance as the parade winds its boisterous way through the streets of Ballina. Snaking through the town, magnificent floats bring mythical, fantastical creatures to life in a heaving procession of drumbeats and samba sounds. Exotic dancers and jugglers thrill the crowds with extraordinary feats, as fire artists light up the July skies. Follow as the procession heaves its way towards the River Moy to a hypnotic Samba beat for the climax of the evening.

From 11pm, watch in awe as the night sky bursts with colour in Mayo’s biggest, most spectacular fireworks display. Every year, this electrifying show gets bigger, better and louder! The sight of the night sky ablaze with colour, against the iconic backdrop of the majestic St. Muredach’s Cathedral never fails to draw gasps from the huge crowds.

Afterwards, party the night away in the heart of town. A proud Purple Flag recipient for vibrancy and safety at night, Ballina has something for you no matter what your preference. Whether you want to savour a creamy pint or fruity cocktail, bop along to great live music, foot-tap to a trad session or throw some shapes on the dance floor, you’re guaranteed find your Saturday night groove in Ballina!



The festival Mardi Gras and Fireworks is proudly sponsored once again by Ballina Beverages and Guinness.