Green pride record bid in Mountmellick

Mountmellick’s St Patrick’s Day parade organisers are hoping to set a Guinness World Record this year.

Mountmellick’s St Patrick’s Day parade organisers are hoping to set a Guinness World Record this year.

The committee are planning a record attempt for the most people wearing green in one place, which rather surprisingly may be just 90 people, set in Peterborough in the UK.

Chairman Gerry Mulvaney explained further.

“We are waiting to hear more details from the Guinness Book of Records people, to find out if people have to wear head to toe green clothes, or if green shirts would do, for example. It would put Mountmellick on the map,” said Mr Mulvaney.

He hopes to have information by the beginning of March, giving them a fortnight to get the word out to everyone.

The craft fair will be in front of the Community Arts Centre, from 12 to 2pm, featuring local food and crafts, while face painting, bouncy castles and professional street performers will feature in O’Connell Square.

The theme of “Green Pride” refers not just to pride in everything Irish, but to the environment and national sporting heros.

Another new addition is a “Battle of the Ballads” competition. Floats taking part in the parade are encouraged to stop and perform their favourite ballad in front of the viewing stand in the square, with the winner chosen by public approval. The committee are actively seeking marching bands and local bands interested in taking part in street entertainment.

A competition for the best business/shop front will be held on the day. There will also be prizes for the best entries in the parade, judged according to the green theme.

The parade will start at 2pm sharp from The Harbour- assembly from 1.30pm. There is no entry fee and all individuals, groups, clubs and businesses are invited to participate.

Volunteers and local organisations are also welcome to join the committee and act as stewards. Craft producers can contact Gerry Mulvaney on 087-9570034 or Rosemary Whelan secretary on 087 2726525.

“The support of the people of the town will ensure a great parade for all,” said Gerry.