Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade Launch
The biggest parade in the County
With just a month to go to this national holiday that is celebrated all over the world Letterkenny Chamber President and Chamber members were joined by the Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District, Councillor James Pat McDaid to formally launch this year’s parade.
Speaking at the launch Chamber President Gerard McCormick said “St. Patrick’s Day is always an important event in the calendar and it marks the start of the Spring season. This year it falls once again at a weekend so we are expecting a large entry and a high number of spectators. The Letterkenny Parade is a great family event in Letterkenny, young and old come out to see the traditional parade work its way through the town centre. Last year we celebrated the centenary and the parade was one of the best in recent years so we are appealing to sporting clubs, dance groups, youth groups, clubs and societies to get involved, the more people we get involved the more colourful and lively the parade becomes.”
“Letterkenny Chamber is the sole organiser of the Parade and each year it is only through the voluntary effort of members of the Chamber and financial contributions from businesses that enable it to happen. We are proud to play our part in this important day and would ask any business large or small if they could offer a contribution it would be gratefully received and acknowledged.”
Gerard continued “we are asking everyone to get behind our St.Patrick’s day event in Letterkenny this year. So if you have a group that would like to get involved just get in touch with the Letterkenny Chamber office.
The Parade starts as usual at 3pm on Friday 17th March making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town.
On the day the independent judges view the parade with various categories in mind including community, sports, youth, band and dance. Each category winner receives a plaque, the best float receives the Danny Doherty Perpetual Plaque and the winning entry receives a cheque for €500.