Hundreds of members of Carrick-on-Suir’s sports and social clubs and voluntary organisations will be donning the green and celebrating St Patrick’s Day by marching in the town’s parade on Sunday.
Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Liam Walsh and the organising committee of Carrick-on-Suir’s St Patrick’s Day Parade have appealed to the people of the town and surrounding hinterland to turn out in large numbers to support the pageant.
St Patrick’s Day Committee Chairperson Kathleen Fahey said the parade has attracted a large number of entries and they were “absolutely delighted” with the response.
The parade will be led by St Patrick and the Carrick-on-Suir Brass Band and will feature entries from most of the town’s sporting clubs ranging from GAA, boxing and rugby to swimming, kick-boxing and taekwon-do.
Local cubs, scouts and girl guide troops will be well represented as will dancers from several Irish and variety dance groups, and traditional musicians.
Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society, which has just completed its highly successful run of West Side Story, Carrick River Rescue and Carrick Republican Flute and Drum Band will also be among the participants.
Ms Fahey said the parade will feature floats and a display of tractors and vintage cars as well as the hundreds of walking participants.
The parade will kick off at 3.30pm from the Fair Green and will proceed up New Street, down Main Street and Kickham Street where it will pass a viewing stand of local dignitaries including the Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Liam Walsh and other members of the Town Council.
The pageant will finish at the Fair Green.
There will be some post-parade music entertainment on Kickham Street but at the time of going to press the arrangements weren’t finalised.
Ms Fahey said the Committee will present prizes to the entrants with the best float and best walking group.
A prize will also be awarded for the best St Patrick’s Day theme shop front and the school that creates the best bunting for the occasion.
Ms Fahey said 13 schools from the town and surrounding rural communities have taken part in the bunting competition.
Their creations will be displayed around the streets of the town and at the Swan GAA Club Hall on St Patrick’s Day.
She advised people attending the parade to park their cars in the town’s car parks rather than along Main Street and other town centre streets the parade will be passing through.
Road closures and diversions to facilitate the parade will be in place from 2.30pm on Sunday.
“If you are coming into town for the parade be there before then,” Ms Fahey advised.
On behalf of the St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, she thanked all involved with organising the event and all the local organisations taking part.
Meanwhile at Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s monthly meeting on Monday, Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Liam Walsh joined with Ms Fahey in urging the people of the town and local councillors to support the parade. He expressed the hope that the town will be blessed with good weather on the day.