Lots of the usual razzmatazz for this day every year with the parade in the afternoon,
called forward an hour to 2.pm this year to facilitate other events of wide interest.
This year the weather was colder than usual with a biting wind coming in from the
East but that did not prevent big numbers coming out to support the parade and enjoy
the offerings from various clubs, organisations and businesses. The number of Marching
Bands in the parade was disappointing but that shortfall was made up by the enthusiasm
and energy displayed by the clubs from the county. The Drumbriston Furniture float
added fun and a laugh as they passed by with St. Patrick giving a poor Leprechaun
a difficult time or was it the other way round. More of this would add to the attraction
of the Parade. However all participants must be congratulated for making the effort
and for the very distinct and colourful displays. These do not happen without planning,
preparation work and willing hands. On the platform were members of the Council and
Gardai but one of the best receptions went to Daire Gorman - the 2018 Grand Marshall.
It was fantastic to see him there and he seemed to enjoy every minute of his time
in the public eye. Well done to him and his family. Thanks to the Council and the
army of volunteers who assisted with stewarding and helping where needed. The entire
event was streamed Live on the internet for the world to see thanks to the work of
Murphy Video Services.