Sun shines on Easter Parade

THE unseasonally mild weather held good for the annual Easter Parade, which took place in Naas on Sunday (April 24), writes Paul O’Meara.

THE unseasonally mild weather held good for the annual Easter Parade, which took place in Naas on Sunday (April 24), writes Paul O’Meara.

The Easter Parade is something of a Naas tradition.

Many other towns hold their annual parade on St. Patrick’s Day but the Naas event was moved to Easter Sunday many years ago because of inclement weather and has been held on that day ever since.

Numerous floats took part in the event which was led through the town’s main street by a steam engine and featured an imaginative display by the Naas Scouts who gave a demonstration of their various activities.

The overall winner of the Bill Callaghan Perpetual Trophy was Dolly Skip Hire while Punchestown Racecourse followed by Naas Oil topped the large business float class.

Stonbebrook Pet Farm and Mutz for Cutz topped the small business section with Naas Scouts, the Leah Moran Stage School and Deirdre Brown School of Dance winning club awards respectively.

Naas United, the local Ninjitsu club and Naas GAA club came tops in the sports category.

The Irish Military Vehicles Club and Paul Donnelly Vintage Cars were also among the winners as were Gaelscoil Nas na Riogh and the Cill Dara Old Vehicles Club.