Latest Laois Event: Mountrath to celebrate 50th anniversary of its parade with Carnival
Mountrath will celebrate 50th anniversary of founding of its St Patrick’s Day Parade; with a Carnival, live music, and parade.
‘This year we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of the St Patrick Parade in Mountrath. The first parade was held in 1973; Christine Loughnane, Bob Stanley, J.Conroy and Tom Doheny were among those on the first committee, and we owe them a multitude. They built the foundation to what can only be described as one of the best parades in the county; and it’s a tradition that we are proud to uphold.’ Julie Bennett PRO of the committee said. The committee are focused on making this parade bigger than ever, with a key emphasis on increasing inclusivity and participation.
“We are delighted that LABRAS- the Laois Brazilian Support Association are taking part in our parade, as well as Dignity Partnership and members of Laois Africa. Its integral that we include every part of our community in our parade.” Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade. ‘There’s no fee for taking part and it’s a huge opportunity to showcase your club, group, or business. Mountrath Scouts and Tiny Tots are among some of the local groups and businesses confirmed to take part, with Tiny Tots promising a spectacular display with plenty of colour” She added.
The parade will kick off this year with live music, bustling market and more in the Square from 11.30am; with Johnny Purcell, the well know publican picking up the microphone again to act as MC. Shanahoe Marching Band will lead out the parade, followed by the Grand Marshall to be announced later. ‘ We have planned a great day for everyone. Our local marketers will be open for business, with everything from home baked goods, jewellery, books and toys on offer. We have bouncing castles, activities and face painting for the kids; tasty nibbles and Mexican tacos and street food by El Fuego a brand-new business.’ She added.
The main event the parade, will start this year from St Fintan’s GAA field at 12.30 midday. “Mountrath and its surrounding areas have a strong tradition of celebrating our national saint and the crowds that flock to the town have always been presented with a great parade that caters for all ages.”
Cllr James Kelly Chairman of the committee added. “Our parade is a chance for everyone to shine. Our hard-working committee are sending out an open invitation to all to enter a float in the parade with our theme of Carnival giving lots of scope to do so. As chairperson of the committee, I look forward to seeing you all there on the day.”