Mythical St Patrick’s Day Parade planned for Mountrath
By LaoisToday Reporter 15th February 2019
Mountrath is going all out for this years St Patrick’s Day Parade with a mythical jam packed day planned for the whole family.
All sorts of ghouls, dragons and faries will take to the Main Street for the parade as Mountrath turns all things mystical for the big day.
The main goal for this years committee is to expand on last years success by getting more involved than before; with more variety of floats, acts, entertainment and delights to entertain all the ages.
Chairperson for this year’s Mountrath St Patrick’s Parade Committee is local independent County Councillor James Kelly.
He said: “It seems like of only a few months ago but here we are again back into organising the Mountrath Saint Patricks Day Parade 2019.
“The committee have already met on numerous occasions and our theme for this year is ‘Mythical Creatures & Characters from around the World’.
“Our parade will give an opportunity to all our business’s,sporting bodies,community and voluntary groups,cultural displays and individual entries to put their thinking hats on to celebrate this great day.”
The committee choose this years theme to recognise the multi-cultural country Ireland has become and the growing number of different communities living in Mountrath
“We want to make them feel part of our community by combining part of their heritage with our tradition,” one committee member said.
The parade in Mountrath has been a much loved tradition honouring Irish heritage and culture since 1973.
Highly revered for its iconic and orginal floats; the parade in Mountrath has generated a huge following with even one Irish Journalist Brenda Power describing it as ‘one of the last traditional parades’.
In recent years the addition of school mascots and Grand Marshall combined with a variety of entertainment has added to its popularity “Mountrath and its surrounding areas has a very 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,” Mr Kelly said.
“Our hard working committee are sending out an open invitation to all to enter a float in the parade with the theme giving lots of scope to do so.” Chairperson James Kelly added.
Shannon Street will be closed off for the duration of the day with various children activities including bouncing castles and a shooting range to keep the kids happy.
A variety of local acts will take to the big stage to showcase the best of local talent. “As chairperson of the committee I look forward to seeing you all there on the day.” He added.
For more information please speak to one of our committee members James Kelly Chairperson, Colette Phelan Secretary orJulie Bennett PRO.
If you have any queries or questions you can contact the committee via their new Facebook page Mountrath Patrick’s Parade or phone 0852834412.