THIS year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are set to lift the recession blues with many places across the county set to embrace an influx of green flags, bunting and the odd bearded man with his snake banishing staff.
There are parades in Newbridge, Clane, Monasterevin, Athy, Kilcock, Maynooth, Celbridge and Castledermot this Saturday March 17.
The festivities kick off in Newbridge at 12 noon with the parade making its way up the town along Edward Street and Main Street past viewing stand at the Town Hall.
Floats and all vehicles are asked to line up at Standhouse Road before noon while those taking part on foot can assemble in the Tesco car park. Delegations from Newbridge’s twinning partners - Bad Lippspringe and Ocala, will be guests of honour.
In Monasterevin, the parade is set to begin at 2pm with lots of fun planned including fancy dress dog competition, street entertainment and lots of music.
In Clane, the parade sets out at 3pm from the Leisure Centre on the Celbridge Road and finishes at the GAA grounds on the Prosperous road. From 2pm onwards, music and entertainment will be provided on the main street. The festival also boasts lots of other activities and events from Saturday 10 to March 19.
So far in Athy, there have been over 36 parade entries with a strong interest in this year’s event. Participants are asked to assemble at Woodstock Industrial Estate at 2.15pm with the parade moving off at 3pm. There was a great attendance last year and this year is expected to be no different.
In Kilcock, the popular duck race will be held again this year after the parade at approximately 3pm. The competitive race of around 1,000 rubber ducks will take centre stage in the harbour along with other activities including a canoe relay race, which is being held in memory of Mick Cotter, AKA Mick The Barber, one of the founding members of the organisers - the Kilcock Business Association. A range of other events are also planned including A Taste Of Kilcock, animals from Clonfert Pet Farm, pony rides, bouncy castles, amusements and other activities.
For more information see Kilcock Business Association and Our Kilcock on Facebook or www.ourkilcock.ie
In Celbridge, the organisers have pulled out all the stops with Harry Potter actor, Devon Murray stepping into the role of grand Marshall. Devon played Seamus Finnigan in the movies. This year, the direction of the parade is to be reversed, and will start with a celebration gathering in St.Raphaels and make its way up the Main Street, stopping at the new location for the viewing stand opposite the Castletown Inn before continuing on to the finish at Tesco. This year’s theme is the movies and there are other events and entertainment planned throughout the day.
The Maynooth St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11am. The participants will assemble at Greenfield Shopping Centre, Straffan Road and the Parade will proceed past the reviewing stand at the Square and end at Tesco Shopping Centre. The Parade will be preceded by the IVVCC Group of Vintage Cars. TD Emmett Stagg is the guest of honour.
Castledermot Vintage Club are holding a Vintage and Classic Fun Run with everything from trucks, tractors, cars and bikes welcome to join in. The fun run starts from Hamilton Road, Castledermot at 2pm with those taking part asked to arrive at 1pm.