With just over two weeks to go before March 17th, businessman Patrick McGinley wants to make the town’s annual parade a memorable one.
“St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a great day out for the whole family, with floats, bands, dancers and lots of fun. The Chamber has always relied on the generosity of it’s members, the business community and the general public to make the parade happen each year.
“We have had to look at the parade over the last two years because there’s less money around but we have still been able to run a fantastic parade with the community getting behind it.
“In addition to the financial and practical support that has been coming in over the past number of weeks we are bag packing and on the day the St. Patrick’s Day committee will be having their annual bucket collection during the parade so any donations from spectators would be most welcome,” he said.
Mr.McGinley said the parade was a real crowd-puller and said there is a special historic aspect to mark the fact that the town is to celebrate its 400 anniversary.
“The St.Patrick’s Day parade in Letterkenny is a great celebration and attracts thousands of people onto the streets for a fun filled family day. This year entries are coming in thick and fast and we’ll have the usual variety.
“This year, to mark the Letterkenny 400 celebrations the town council will present a prize of €250 for the most historical float so we are challenging all entries to consider a historical theme. We know this will all go to making this another great day for Letterkenny,” he said.
The parade starts at 3pm making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town. To enter a float or for more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.