The Thurles St. Patrick’s Day parade for 2014 will take place on Sunday 16th March at 2.45pm form Abbey Road, Thurles.
This year will see the arrival of a giant snake all the way from Knockavilla. Added to that there will be a reptilian zoo on display in Liberty Square, so if you like slimy and slippery snakes come along and view a selection of some of the worlds’ cold blooded creatures.
Bob the Builder will arrive early on before the parade to meet and greet all the children attending the day’s festivities, there will also free face painting for those who want to sport a new St. Patrick’s Day look.
On offer also will be entertainment from six marching bands, playing marching tunes from all over these isles and beyond, some great solid favourites to be enjoyed. A local traditional music band from Upperchurch/Drombane will feature in the Square for further entertainment, bringing the best of traditional lively music and some more contemporary numbers.
There will be a variety of floats small and large depicting themes past and present, with an emphasis on fun and frolics.
Vintage cars, tractors and motorbikes will once again grace our streets, lovingly restored by vehicle restoration enthusiasts, bringing a sense of nostalgia of motoring days gone by.
Marching groups will include the Reserve Defence Forces, The Order of Malta, Scouts Ireland, Girl Guides, Hurling clubs, Soccer clubs, Tae Kwan Do, UN Veterans, The Fire Brigade, The Civil Defence, Dwan Theatre School, Tipperary regional Youth Services, The Millennium Family Resource Centre Glengoole, Scoil Iosagain Upperchurch, Knockavilla National School, Darmody’s Bar Littleton, Paddy Slattery Vintage Bikes, Moyne National School Band, Clonoulty Rossmore Vintage Club and the Templemore O.N.E All parking in the centre of Liberty Square will be restricted from 11am to 5pm and the Square will be closed to traffic from 2pm onwards. People are asked to remain behind the barriers.