Final preparations being made for biggest parade to date

The organising committee are preparing for what promises to be the biggest Easter Parade to date in Roscommon town. It all kicks off at 12 pm this Sunday and the celebrations will hopefully continue long into the night.

  Deirdre Kelly, PRO of the parade committee, says that this Sunday’s parade see a return of the carnival atmosphere from recent years.

  “We recognise that we had a great parade last year and we’ve been looking to build on that and of course the previous years too,” Deirdre said.

  Deirdre also wished to send out a timely reminder for those wishing to enter the parade or just come along and watch.

  “The one thing that’s important to remember is that the clocks are going forward this weekend, and that the parade is starting at the earlier time of 12 pm!”

  In terms of organising and funding Deirdre paid tribute to the local businesses, Town Teams, Tidy Towns, Roscommon Chamber and Roscommon County Council who have all once again been great allies of town events.

  As for floats and entrants, Deirdre promised something for everyone.

  “There will be lots of bands and groups taking part. We have bands from Monaghan, Tullamore and Castlerea of course. We also expect plenty of good representation for the 1916 commemorations, particularly from the younger side of things.”

  She also pointed out that there was still time for floats to enter. “We’re really appealing for entries as soon as possible, it’s getting close, so we want to have a good running order so we can maximize the fun.”

  With large crowds expected, the organisers have appealed for a safety-first approach, particularly when it comes to younger spectators.

  “We want to keep things as safe as possible so we would ask people not to throw litter or stuff from floats. The last thing we want is young children getting hurt,” said Deirdre, before adding: “Other than that we’re gearing up for a great day in Roscommon!”