Parade organisers seek entries and funds

Park Ratheniska GAA Juveniles in the Portlaoise St. Patrick's Day parade.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie
The organisers of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Portlaoise have called on the public and businesses to help them fund the event.

The organisers of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Portlaoise have called on the public and businesses to help them fund the event.

They say they are in desperate need of sponsorship and funds to run it as there is quite a cost involved for barriers, insurance and entertainment.

The route will follow the same format as last year, starting from County Hall at 12.30 pm, travelling up James Fintan Lalor Avenue to St. Peter & Paul’s Church and proceeding down Main St. to the finishing point at Top Square with street entertainment on the day.

The committee is calling on the town for help both by supporting and participating in the parade.

According to the committee PRO, Ger Whelan: “Funding for this year will impact whether they can afford to run the parade next year”.

He added: “Some business have been very generous in recent years but we are finding it is the same people supporting it year in and year out and we need more funds if it is to continue. We are especially calling on all businesses from the hospitality sector who benefit most from this day to contribute either with sponsorship or by putting in an entry”.

Aside from funding, “the most important part you can play in the parade is to take part,” he said. We need entries from all groups in the town. We want people to put in entries that will be entertaining for all to watch - whether that is a float, people in costumes, singers, dancers, actors, anything that will make the day fun, memorable and enjoyable. For further information, to sponsor or to sign up for the parade, please contact Chairperson Monica Delaney, 086 6031425, Secretary Dom Dunne, 086 8312034 or e-mail portlaoiseparade@gmail.com