2008 Rose of Tralee festival officially opens

24 Aug

The official opening of the 2008 Rose of Tralee International Festival took place on Saturday evening.
Thousands of people were expected to brave the elements to watch the Parade which gets underway at around 8.30. The 31 Roses, their Escorts and bands form all over the world will make their way from Clash to Denny Street.

Official Website: http://www.roseoftralee.ie

Festival Highlights

Rose of Tralee Fashion Show

One of the season’s most sought after events for the discerning fashionista, the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show displays a mix of designer labels, haute couture and street wear from leading stylists and local boutiques. Models from the Celia Holman Lee Agency grace the Festival Dome catwalk to a dazzling light show, pulsing music and full commentary on the clothes and their designers.

Sunday 24th August – wine reception 7.30pm, show begins at 8pm

Rose of Tralee Selection Nights

An audience of over 2,000 fill the Dome for RTÉ’s live TV broadcast of the Rose of Tralee Selection from the Festival Dome, to support their Rose as she’s interviewed on stage by Ireland’s favourite DJ, Ray D’Arcy. Always an exciting and emotional rollercoaster ride, the atmosphere intensifies as friends and family, who have travelled from all over the world, gather with huge banners and mascots. First night of Rose stage interviews and the announcement of the Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year takes place on Monday, and excitement peaks with the announcement of the Rose of Tralee on Tuesday evening. But the entertainment doesn’t end there as after each night’s show the Dome is transformed for dancing at Party With the Roses.

Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th August – doors open at 7pm, show begins at 8pm sharp

International Rose Parades

The Roses go to town for the International Rose Parades, which pass through the streets of Tralee on Saturday 23rd (8.30pm) and Sunday 24th (2pm) August. In addition, the 2008 Rose of Tralee will parade down Denny Street after Rose Selection on Tuesday 26th August. The parade floats are handcrafted every year to specific themes, and include stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats and magic, as well as featuring all 31 International Roses. Fireworks will accompany the parade finales on Saturday and Tuesday.

Saturday 23rd 8.30pm, Sunday 24th 2pm & Tuesday 26th August midnight

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