WE’RE GOING TO IRELAND!
For the first time in 40 years, the Boston Crusaders will be crossing the Atlantic! In March of 2022, the corps will take to the streets of Dublin to perform in the St. Patrick’s Festival parade!
From March 11th to March 19th, the 2022 edition of the Boston Crusaders will be treated to a once in a lifetime trip to Ireland. Throughout the week, the corps will experience everything Ireland has to offer between feature performances across the country, rehearsals, and alumni meetup events! Members will embark on a jam-packed week of sightseeing, tours, dining, and reuniting while staying in the picturesque Gormanstown Park. Featured highlights include tours of Dublin, Belfast and Trinity College, admission to the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, the Titanic Centre, and EPIC Centre, leisure time around the city, alumni and friends dinners, and of course, performing the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
This once in a lifetime opportunity will only be for our 2022 membership! 2021 age-outs, alumni, family, and friends are welcome to travel with us on the Alumni & Friends package. More information will be communicated to our 2021 members and parents, and throughout the 2022 audition process.
If you’re interested in marching with the Boston Crusaders in 2022 and coming to Ireland, sign up below to be notified when audition information is available.
Dates, times, and locations are subject to change and will be communicated throughout the year.
Friday, March 11th
Depart the United States on an overnight flight to Dublin International Airport. You are responsible for booking your own flight that lands in Dublin on Saturday the 12th.
Saturday, March 12th
Arrive in Dublin, depart on a panoramic bus tour of the city, and settle into our accommodations at Gormanstown Park.
Sunday, March 13th
Traditional March rehearsal camp at the scenic Gormanstown Park. Alumni & Friends will visit later in the day. Dinner will be at Gormanstown Park.
Monday, March 14th
Rehearsals continue at Gormanstown Park. Alumni & Friends will visit in the morning. Dinner will be at Gormanstown Park.
Tuesday, March 15th
Head to Banbridge for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, then spend the day in Belfast at the Titanic Centre, and a standstill performance at City Hall.
Wednesday, March 16th
After a morning rehearsal, enjoy leisure time in Dublin before visiting the EPIC Centre. Dinner with alumni & friends at Taylors Three Rock.
Thursday, March 17th
The big day! Perform in the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin in the morning and the Celbridge Parade in the afternoon.
Friday, March 18th
Spend the final day in Dublin. Visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells before time at leisure. Dinner will be at Gormanstown Park.
Saturday, March 19th
All good things must come to an end. Depart for the United States, landing on Saturday the 19th. You are responsible for booking your return flight.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is the Ireland trip part of my membership? Is there an additional fee?
Yes, we consider the Ireland trip a special edition March camp. The only additional fee you pay is the March camp fee of $200. The cost of the week long experience is approximately $1,000 per member but will be covered by the Boston Crusaders organization. You will also need some spending money for a few meals on your own and free time in the city.
Who is creating the BAC-Ireland experience?
The Boston Crusaders have selected Celtic Horizon Tours to create and lead our trip. Celtic Horizon Tours is the premier educational travel company in the world for bringing groups to Ireland. They have created an amazing itinerary for the corps and specialize in marching ensembles. They fully understand the drum corps activity and have brought Irish ensembles to DCI events.
What is provided as part of my trip?
Transportation to and from Dublin International airport, transportation to and from all performances and activities, dormitory lodging throughout, admission to all museums/tours/exhibits, and meals on site at the Gormanstown campus dining hall. There will be some lunches on your own (days when we are at museums/exhibits) as well as some special dinners. Some meal and some spending money during tourist days will be necessary.
Am I responsible for my own flight? When should I book?
Yes. Just like any other camp, you will be responsible for your flight. We will give you a window of time to land in Dublin. Our tour director will meet us at the airport and stay with us during the entire tour. As it is St. Patrick’s Day week, we recommend booking as early as possible.
When should I depart for Dublin?
You should fly to Dublin International airport departing the US on Friday, March 11 with an overnight flight arriving in Dublin on Saturday, March 12.
If I cannot travel to Ireland, can I still march in the 2022 Boston Crusaders?
Yes! We are treating Dublin like we treat all of our camps. We expect all who can attend to be in attendance. We will spend the first three days in a traditional camp setting to learn 2022 show music, etc. As always, if you communicate early, we can arrange an excused absence. We obviously hope as many members as possible take advantage of this incredible opportunity but your ability to attend does not impact your eligibility beyond typical camp requirements/reason.
What if I have conflicts with WGI or school?
As with any camp, excused absences due to school conflicts are allowed. We understand the March time frame will be challenging for WGI participants as we do not normally have March guard camp. We are hoping to have a collection of guard members available to participate.
Can parents or family come?
Yes. There is an alumni and friends itinerary for alumni, family and friends. Please click here to learn more about our alumni and friends package.
What about front ensemble and color guard?
Both front ensemble and color guard are invited to participate in the parade. Audition timelines will be adjusted accordingly.
Do I need a passport?
Yes. If you do not have a passport, please get one as soon as possible as it often takes many weeks.