Bumper crowd expected for Monday’s parade

The hard work continues for the Roscommon Easter Parade committee ahead of what promises to be one of the biggest events in recent years on Easter Monday next.

With the Connacht Senior Football Championship quarter-final expected to be a sell-out on Sunday, the decision to move this year’s parade to Monday has proven to be a shrewd move.

Committee member JJ Cattigan believes a large crowd will descend on Roscommon town on Easter Monday.

“The work continues this week and we are still in the process of getting floats in for the parade,” he said.

“The army colour party will lead the parade and there will also be a number of marching bands including the Castlerea Brass & Reed Band and the Midland Pipe Band will also be taking part – and so too will the Garda Mounted Unit.

“We’d be hoping for a very big crowd on the day because the parade doesn’t clash with anything on Easter Monday. We didn’t want to be dividing families by holding it on the same day as the Roscommon-Mayo match. Castlebar is going to be a sell-out on Sunday so it looks like a lot of people from Roscommon will be travelling down. We’re hoping now that the weather will play a part too this weekend”.

A lot of time and effort goes into organising such an event and JJ says the committee is very thankful for all the help and support from local volunteers and businesses.

“The committee has been very busy erecting bunting and also putting signs out around the town and at all entry points into the town. A lot of hard work goes into it,” he said.

“We are very grateful to Michael and Rita Oates of ETL who are sponsoring each of the prizes this year too. We also have the prize for ‘Best Window’ so we are encouraging people to do up their own windows ahead of Monday.

“We’re looking forward now to welcoming everyone to Roscommon town on Easter Monday and hoping we get a good day for it,” he concluded.