Organisers of this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade have appealed to everyone in Portlaoise to get involved and make it the biggest and best yet.
And with a new shorter route planned out and an earlier starting time, this might provide the incentive for community groups, businesses and clubs to come together and get their creative juices flowing for a parade float.
Committee member Jack Nolan told the Leinster Express that already the committee are hard at work putting plans in place for the event which this year will begin at 12.30pm, directly after the Portlaoise Athletic Club’s street race.
Jack is hoping for all the clubs and organisations in the town to come on board and create some community spirit in the town. “We would love to see all the primary and secondary schools take part, last year we only had the Gaelscoil. We are always appealing to all the residents associations who do such great work in their own estates. We also would love to see the musical society and the pantomime group take part as they are very creative types”.
The committee are hoping that people will come together this year and make sure that the parade is here to stay, with Jack stating that the future of the parade depends on the success of this year.
The parade will start at county hall, marching up JFL avenue, then down Main Street to the viewing stand, a shorter route than before. “It will be more beneficial for the younger groups and children in the parade,” said chairman Ger Whelan.
The committee meets every Monday at 6.15pm in Egan’s Pub and everyone is welcome, either to join the committee, to volunteer or share ideas.