The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arklow starts this year at the earlier time of 2pm, PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME, allowing people time to get to see Ireland V England play in the crucial game of the 6 Nations Rugby in Twickenham….. and bring the grand slam back to Ireland.
This year there is a suggested Theme for participants “Bring Your Favourite Book to Life”, aimed primarily at Commercial Floats, groups can also adopt this theme if they wish. We would encourage everyone to get involved in this year’s Parade and showcasing what is great about Arklow and free publicity for your Business/group/organization.
Do not forget there is a prize for the Best Window Display, which is open to all shops, pubs, and businesses in the town which we would love to see as many as possible being creative and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Please Note all Marching Groups to assemble on Mellows Avenue for 1.30pm and Commercial/Non Commercial Floats/Displays should be on Yellow Lane for1.15pm. Early arrival by all participants is encouraged to get off promptly for 2pm SHARP.
The route for this year’s parade is Via Mellows Avenue, Navvy Hill, Abbey Street, Hudson’s Square and on to the Main Street. Reviewing stand at the Parade Ground. Dispersal after Parade passes the platform at the Courthouse, Parade Ground. Groups to go up St. Mary’s Road and Commercial Vehicles/Floats to drive right up to the top of Main Street. Please obey all stewards and Gardaí and allow for some traffic delays.
In the interest of Safety, we ask that sweets or novelties are not thrown from moving vehicles.
If you wish to enter this year’s parade please contact Tina O’Sullivan, Chairperson, on 087 9093848, Tommy Annesley, Jim Hoey in The Bridge Hotel or Donal Molloy in Le Chef. There is no entry fee, but a donation would be most welcome to defray some of the costs including insurances and prizes.
Winners will be presented with their prizes on Friday 23rd March at 8pm in The Bridge Hotel, Arklow.
Entries will be taken also on the day, so if you are attending other parades nearby you are most welcome to travel to Arklow, where you will get a warm welcome.