Athy is set to beat last year’s total number of parade entries as interest in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day event continues to grow.
Paticia Berry from The Athy Town Promoters Group, which is organising the festivities, explained there were 44 entries in 2013.
“We’ve already beaten that number and entries can still be taken so we are delighted with the interest shown,” she said.
This year, the parade will be lead by the successful St. Michael’s boxing club and its medal winners. There are a huge variety of floats and walking groups taking part including three bands, the Fire Service, local schools, residents associations, sports clubs, the Civil Defence, the canoe club, fishing club, the triathlon club and many more. The parade kicks off at 3pm from the Athy Enterprise Centre. However, those who are taking part are asked to assemble there at 2pm.
The Athy Town Promoters Group is calling on all community, sporting and cultural organisations in the town and surrounding areas to join them to help showcase the best South Kildare has to offer.
“People attending the parade are advised to come early and get a good viewing spot. The weather forecast is fine and we are expecting a good crowd,” added Patricia.
The Athy Town Promoters Group was formed in 2009 and is committed to pro actively promoting the ‘Celebrate Athy’ theme through festivals and events in the town. The group is comprised of representatives of Athy Chamber of Commerce, Athy Town Council, Athy Tidy Towns, Athy Young at Heart, Kildare County Show, Kildare’s Outdoor Tourism Project and the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum. The organisers acknowledge the ongoing assistance of Athy Gardai, Civil Defence and the Order of Malta.