The annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in Strabane promises to be one of the best yet with many groups, sports clubs, schools and various other organisations putting in a massive effort yet again to ensure that this year’s parade will be bigger and better than ever before.
Seven local marching bands will be participating and the organising committee are extremely grateful to each and every person who has given voluntarily of their time and effort over many months and also to the local business community for their continued generosity in providing us with sponsorship to ensure that the parade will once again be a success.
Strabane District Council has, as always, kindly provided funding and guidance towards the event and the organisers are hoping that people from right throughout the entire district and visitors from other areas who will come into the town on Monday to enjoy what should be yet another memorable parade.
The parade will assemble at two different points, the floats, vintage cars and tractors will assemble at the Dublin Road Industrial Estate beside O’Neill’s Sportswear whilst the walking groups and bands will assemble at St Mary’s Church, Melmount Road.
All of the parade participants are asked to be in attendance by 1.30pm as the parade will commence at 2:00pm sharp and proceed along the Melmount Road via Bridge Street, Market Street, Abercorn Square and Railway Street finishing up at the Score Site in Dock Street. The Niamh Browne School of Irish Dance will also perform a special routine in Market Street prior to the arrival of the parade in the town centre.
The organisers have appealed to the participating groups and spectators to obey the instructions of the stewards and the Lost Child Point this year will be situated at The Alley with dedicated Child Protection persons on hand should any situations arise.
Strabane Radio Online will be broadcasting live from Market Street with its popular presenters Tommy Forbes and Siobhan Redstone on stage to keep the listeners and the assembled crowd entertained and informed. The station can be accessed by logging on to www.strabaneradio.com so please spread the word to relatives or friends away from home or living abroad so they can listen into the proceedings. SDC.TV will also be streaming live from the parade with Natasha Donaghy behind the camera.
SDC.TV can be accessed by logging on to www.facebook.com/sdc.tv or at www.youtube.com/sdctvstrabane
The committee have once again this year adopted a safe drink message for the parade in partnership with the Strabane District Civic Drugs & Alcohol Forum and the Time2Change community mobilisation project with the theme being; Respect the Shamrock: Wet it, don’t drown it”.
The St Patrick’s Day committee will be holding a street collection on Monday and are appealing for a generous response to offset the costs of the parade and also to plans for next year’s event.
It promises to be a great weekend.