Photo: Cllr Michael Fleming, chairman of the town council’s Environment and Community Affairs Committee with this year’s Grand Marshalls, John O’Brien and Pat Costelloe, Shannon Town Twinning Association.
Once again Shannon’s annual St Patrick’s Day Parade will be hosted by the town council on Saturday March 17th. Since the start of the year members of the council’s MPC on Environment and Community Affairs, under the watchful eye of its chairman Cllr Mike Fleming have been hard at work organising the event.
Last year’s parade was another tremendous success and Cllr Fleming hopes the people of Shannon and the surrounding area will turn out in their numbers again this year.
The parade will assemble along Bóthar Sioda (the new southern link road) from 1.00pm. All buses and floats participating in the parade are asked to enter via St Caimin’s School and to be in position early. As usual the parade itself will leave at 2.00pm sharp along Slí na Mara, past Wolfe Tones GAA Club proceeding past the Fire Station and turning right along Bothar na Rinne before the final stretch to the car park at SkyCourt.
The parade will be led by this year’s Grand Marshall who will be a representative of the Shannon Town Twinning Association, now in its 21st year.
The viewing stand will be at the town centre and there will be prizes for the best floats. Mayor of Shannon, Cllr Mary Brennan, who has just returned from representing the town at a St Patrick’s Day Parade in Elizabeth, New Jersey, will be among the councillors and officials who will greet the parade participants as they enter the car park.
Entertainment will be provided after the parade proper both inside SkyCourt and in the vicinity of the viewing stand.