Colourful Easter Parade in Strokestown

There was lots of colour in Strokestown on Sunday last, as the town hosted its biggest ever Easter Parade. 43 floats and hundreds of people turned up for the 10 th annual event, run by Strokestown Community Development Association. The vintage display was particularly popular with young and old. Speaking of youngsters, Strokestown Community Playschool had a very innovative float, which won the overall prize in the fancy dress category. Calla Floral Design was another eye-catching float and it was rewarded with a prize for originality.  Other prize winners included Laragan Quarries, David Kennedy Construction, Féile Frank McGann, Percy French Hotel and Johnny Duke with his vintage tractors. Strokestown bikers, who go on their Achill bike run in July in aid of the Hospice were also prize winners. Chairman of Strokestown Community Development Association Eugene Murphy said that the committee were very happy with this year’s parade, but were greatly disappointed that not one environmental type float was entered. ‘It was sad that two trophies were left on stage after the event the only category that was not contested, and it proves to me that there is no real interest in the environment, it’s all talk in relation to the issue. The committee will put in the category next year in the hope that someone will enter. Cllr. Murphy, on behalf of the Strokestown group, also thanked all young people from the GAA Community Games, Ballyboro Scouts, St. Barry’s and other groups who participated on the day. ‘The parade was led by McCartan’s Pipe Band from Monaghan and also the Boyle Marching Band. He also praised the traders for their input and sponsorship, the Garda Síochána for their excellent stewardship this year, and also John Reynolds from Roscommon Co. Council and Bernard Devine who had worked from early morning to ensure traffic was under control for the duration of the parade which took one hour and ten minutes to pass through the town. Also thanks to all our own stewards for their assistance on the day.’