It took 90 minutes for the parade to pass down the Main Street that was lined with thousands of spectators.
The sun shone down as thousands of people lined the streets to celebrate all things Irish and watch over 50 entries making this one of the best parades in recent years.
The traditional parade lead by the 28th Infantry Battalion included sporting clubs, community groups, motorbikes, vintage cars and a wide variety of businesses accompanied by wonderful bands bringing wonderful colour and music to the streets of Letterkenny.
As usual the judges had tough decisions to make in picking the best entries.
The winning entries are as follows:
Overall Parade Winner – Letterkenny Rugby Club;
Best Band – Letterkenny and District Caledonian Pipe Band;
Business – The Orchard Inn & Pulse Nightclub;
Community – Letterkenny Reunion;
Tourism – Lurgybrack Open Farm;
Youth – Encore Performing Arts Academy;
Carnival – Letterkenny Gaels, Jigs n Reels;
Environment – Donegal Traveller’s Project, Respecting & Connecting Community.
Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce are the sole organisers of the parade but as John Watson, President explains it couldn’t happen without lots of help, “The Parade is one of the biggest events of the year and it is a real collective effort that makes it happen and pass off safely.
“The businesses that give generously to finance the parade, Letterkenny Town Council, The Gardai, Civil Defence, and all our many volunteers who carried out the bucket collection and acted as stewards during the parade.
“Also our appreciation goes out to the many groups and businesses that entered the parade to make it a success and all the people who lined the parade route.”