ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE STARTS AT 11 A.M. Organisers hope to 'kick start town'
ORGANISERS OF today's St. Patrick's Day Parade hope that the shaking of shamrocks will stimulate the local economy.
'We hope this will kick start the old town again. We've Easter coming and the May bank holiday. We hope people will now get out and start spending a bit in the town again,' said organiser John Fowler.
Today's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the 93rd annual event, commences at 11 a.m.
Floats and marchers are expected to congregate in Trinity Street and Fishers Rowe before the parade route is sealed off to traffic at 10 a.m.
The parade itself begins at 11 a.m., and will travel from Fishers Rowe, along Trinity Street, to Paul Quay, Crescent Quay, Commercial Quay and past the reviewing stand at the south side of Wexford bridge. Floats and marchers will disperse at Redmond Square.
Eight bands will feature in this years parade including the St. Patrick's Fife and Drum Band; the Caledonian Pipe and Drum Band, Bermingham; Tallaght Youth Band; Inbhear Mor Marchers, Arklow; Rathanna Band, Borris; St. Michael's Pipe Band, New Ross; the South East Reserve Defence Forces Band; and the South East Samba Band. There will also be several marching groups and floats in the parade, which will be led by a colour party of the FCA.
The annual St. Patrick's Day Mass and the blessing of the shamrock will take place at 9 a.m. in the Church of the Assumption Bride Street.
The prizegiving for this years parade will take place this Thursday night, March 18 in Barratts Bar on Wexford Quay at 9 p.m.