With the national feast day very much imminent, preparations continue in earnest prior to the hosting of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, March 15.
Commencing at 2.30pm, the parade will follow a west to east town direction flow, as participants start their journey from the Bowling Alley before culminating their experience at Golden Island.
The parade, which has been organised by the Croi na hEireann festival committee, is the focal event during a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to take place in Athlone.
Speaking to the Athlone Advertiser, Gerry McInerney, CEO of Athlone Chamber, noted the vast number of entrants to date, ensuring that the parade will be one worth viewing for all family members.
“The reviewing stand will be located at St. Peter’s Square with Midland’s 103 radio broadcasting their show prior to the parade’s commencement. There will also be a DJ and music broadcast in Church Street prior to and during the parade.
“The parade has a lot of very exciting participants this year including Army band, Athlone Pipe band, Castlerea Brass band and the Hit Machine Drummers.
“It also includes large inflatable characters for our younger viewers such as Superman and Bart Simpson to name but a few. we are also delighted to have numerous local clubs, schools and cultural groups in the line up. It really is shaping to be a great national feast day family day out,” Mr. McInerney remarked.