Communities in Roscommon and Strokestown are looking forward to the welcome return of their annual Easter parades this weekend, with the county town expanding their long-established event into a two-day festival.
The 50th Roscommon Town Easter Festival which take place over Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday (April 16th and 17th).
The festival boasts a superb line-up of Roscommon musicians, who will perform at the newly completed Square from 3 pm to 9 pm on Easter Saturday.
Matt Molloy & Friends are headlining the show at 8 pm, and other bands and musicians taking the stage include Ukephoric, The Blacksticks, Danny Arnold, Matt Rogers & Friends, and Vinegar Bill.
Then, on Easter Sunday, there is live music from Lady Betty from 11.30 am ahead of the 50th Roscommon Town Easter Parade which starts at 12.30 pm sharp.
The committee announced that the theme of this year’s parade will be ‘My Community’ as they felt what we have all gone through over the last two years has highlighted how our communities and welcoming people into our communities has never been as important.
As a result, the committee is waiving the fee for any volunteer or community group to enter the parade.
With 2022 marking the centenary celebrations for the establishment of An Garda Síochána, the Roscommon Town Easter Parade will be led by members of the force.
As in previous years, the committee is inviting community and voluntary groups and businesses to enter floats in the parade. There are awards on the day for: Best Overall, Best Community/Voluntary, Best Business, Most Environmentally Aware, and finally a prize for the Best Window Display.
The Roscommon Easter Festival committee has confirmed that it is still accepting entries into this Sunday’s parade and has called on local businesses and groups to participate.
The Strokestown Easter Parade will commence at 3 pm on Easter Sunday and is once again being organised by the hard-working Strokestown Community Development Association.
The Castlerea Brass & Reed Band as well as pipe bands from Mayo and Monaghan will be there on the day.
The parade will commence from Circular Road (opposite the Garda Station) before proceeding via Elphin Street, the roundabout, Bridge Street and then onto the Longford Road. It will then make its way back along Bridge Street before finishing at Church Street.
The reviewing stand will be located at the roundabout and prizes will be awarded to participants and floats in the following categories: Voluntary, Vintage, Youth, Agricultural, Industrial and Commercial.
There will also be prizes up for grabs for Best Dressed Window for Easter.
Entries for Sunday’s parade will be accepted until this afternoon (Thursday, April 14th).