By staff reporter
St. Patrick’s Day in Wexford is one of the biggest days of the year, with celebrations and parades taking place throughout Wexford town, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Gorey and even on a beach in the pretty seaside village of Duncannon.
Duncannon beach will host the country’s only Beach Parade this St. Patrick’ Day. The parade will start outside the church in Duncannon at 12.30pm travelling down the Main Street and from there it will go onto the beach and travel down the beach. The parade will be made up of local scouts, girl guides, and local sporting clubs, vintage vehicles and top tractors.
The Duncannon Sandsculpting Festival will have a float in the parade, as will the local businesses. Entertainment will be on offer after the parade with an obstacle course on the beach and a bungee trampoline for the kids plus musical entertainment will be on offer at The Green for the afternoon.
According to Cathy Dowling, Parade committee member, St. Patrick’s In Duncannon is a real occasion. “We have been hosting the parade along the beach with the last four years and it is always a fantastic day, we have such a stunning beach here in Duncannon, it’s the ideal place to host the parade for everyone to get a good view of the action. The Grand Marshall this year will be the winner of the GAA Top Farmer competition which will be held in Duncannon the night before St. Patrick’s Day.” Cathy said.
In Wexford Town the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is probably the oldest parade in the country starting back in 1917. This year the parade will commence at 11am from the junction at Fisher’s Rowe, William’s Street and weave it’s way through the town to pass the reviewing stand at the Quay Front adjacent to the Bridge. This year’s parade will see many floats and numerous marching bands and will be one of Wexford’s best parades. Groups will assemble from Fisher’s Rowe up to the Green in Maudlintown at 10.15am sharp, while the floats will assemble at 10am from the Mace Service Station in Trinity Street on the right hand side of the road, towards The Talbot Hotel.
In Gorey the St Patrick’s Day Parade at 3pm. The Parade route commences from the Enniscorthy Road at Grattan Street, travelling down the Main Street onto Esmonde Street. There will be music at the Market House from 2.30pm along with fringe events including ‘Tug o War’ and ‘Barman’s race’. Entertainment and prize giving will take place on Esmonde Street directly after the Parade.
In Enniscorthy the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place at 2pm. Floats, vintage cars, marching bands, Bui Bolg characters and more will take to the streets departing from St. Senan’s Church led by the Army Reserve walk along Templeshannon Quay, cross Seamus Rafter Bridge and passing the reviewing stand at Abbey Square.
The New Ross town St. Patrick’s Day parade will get underway from 2pm travelling from Irishtown down the town’s quayside to the viewing platform at the Dunbrody visitor centre.