The day has come – let the party begin

Green for the day that’s in it: The Anam Arts and Cultural Centre, on East Avenue Road, Killarney

The weather remains rather unpredictable but with the huge number of entries received for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney, it promises to be one of the biggest and most enjoyable March 17th spectacles in many years.

The festival parade, organised by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and Kerry County Council, will start at 2.00pm so spectators are advised to get there early to secure the best vantage points.

Spectacular floats, marching bands, sports clubs – including All-Ireland junior champions Fossa – community groups, companies, local industries, Disney characters, live music, song and dance, arts groups and theatrical performances will all form part of the special day with a real party atmosphere throughout the town before, during and after the parade.

Grand marshal Cathal Walshe – a retired member of An Garda Siochana who is a wonderful community volunteer – will lead the parade with Mayor of Killarney

The route for this year’s spectacular parade

Cllr Niall Kelleher and the review platform will, as usual, be located on Main Street with MCs Brendan Fuller, Kieran Healy and Mike Fuller in charge of the roaming microphones and they will meet and greet many of those in attendance.

There will be no shortage of high quality music to keep toes tapping with special guests, the Glen Ridge High School Marching Band from New Jersey, joining the Gleneagle Concert Band, Millstreet Pipe Band and Craicean Drum Band.

The theme for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade is Killarney: Experience More to highlight the new Killarney branding in celebration of what the town has to offer.

The parade will commence on Mission Road at 2.00pm sharp and the route will take in East Avenue Road, Fair Hill, College Street, Plunkett Street, Main Street, New Street, Beech Road where a collection point for children participating in the parade will be located.

One very well-known Killarney businessman has dressed up as St Patrick and hopped on his bicycle to head for the parade. Can you guess who it is?

There will be a children’s family fun zone at the lower Beech Road car park from 12 noon to 7.00pm this Friday with fairground rides, magic shows, balloon modelling, face painting, interactive children’s games and a children’s disco.

There will be a Paddy’s Party with the Killarney School of Music on the grandstand from 12.45pm to 1.30pm and a Comhaltas Irish dance and trad performance at the Anam Cultural Centre on East Avenue Road from 12 noon on St Patrick’s Day.

The Beech Road car park will remain closed for the duration of the parade but free parking will be available from 1.00pm to 4.30pm at Penney’s car park and the grounds of St Brendan’s College.

Local businesses, clubs, community groups and individuals will paint the town green for the festivities this year to help inform everybody of the positive direction Killarney is taking and to promote the new Experience More branding to the world. Everyone reads it – ask anyone. For great value advertising call 087-2229761