Roscrea’s Community Development Council’s sub-committee under the Chairmanship of John Lupton are finalising plans for Roscrea’s 35th Annual successive St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the town which takes place at 3pm through the streets of the town on Sunday, March 17th, our National Feast
The organising committee are asking people to come onto the streets in large numbers and enjoy the festivities. They also invite individuals, groups, organisations, clubs, businesses, novelty items and community interest groups to enter floats free of charge and add to the diversity of the parade. A new feature of this year’s festivities will be street entertainment made possible through the support of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership Ltd (NTLP).
The focus of activity will be the Square where the Review Stand will be located, as in past years at the junction of Castle Street and Main Street. Courtesy of the Parade Committee there will be face painting and balloon modelling outside Shaws from 1.30p.m. – 3p.m. The local branch of Comhaltas will entertain the public from 1.30pm until 2.45pm. When the parade has passed the Review Stand some of the parade participants to include a mime artist, juggler, stilt walker and fire eaters will continue to entertain the parade spectators in the vicinity of the Review Stand. The parade committee are grateful to N.T.L.P. for sponsoring this addition to the annual festivities and thus are hopeful that there will be a large attendance of the public on the day. The Organising Committee are also this year holding its annual Shop Window competition, the winner of which will be announced from the Review Stand. The theme for this year’s shop window display, in keeping with the year of “The Gathering”, will be one of “welcome” or “failte”, especially to the Irish who are living outside our shores. As usual there are a large number of trophies in various categories of parade entries and hence those entering floats are encouraged to make ‘the little extra effort’ which might be rewarded with a perpetual trophy.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.