Chairperson of the Roscommon Easter Parade and Town Team committees, Larry Brennan, has said the local economy will be the biggest winner as the 51st parade hits town this Easter Monday.
“In terms of the financial impact, the Easter Parade is one of the biggest days of the year in Roscommon town,” he told the Roscommon People on Tuesday.
“It’s not only a huge family day but it’s a big day for local businesses also, particularly across the hospitality sector. The local pubs, restaurants and hotels all traditionally do well during the Easter parade and I expect it will be no different this year”.
Larry says a Roscommon win over Mayo in the Connacht Championship on Sunday would set the parade up nicely!
“This is a bumper weekend with a large volume of people visiting on Easter Monday and on Easter Sunday after the match in Castlebar. If Roscommon can win that one then it will certainly add to the carnival atmosphere for our parade,” he said.
Paying tribute to those who contribute to the running of the parade each year, Larry added: “The parade is primarily funded by the business community and a grant from Roscommon County Council and from Roscommon LEADER Partnership. The vast majority of funding and support comes from businesses who are never found wanting each year.
“Of course, I’d like to thank all those who contribute; the parade wouldn’t be possible without them,” he said.
And finally, the committee have issued a special request for motorists in Roscommon and surrounds.
“We would request that there would be no overnight parking on Church Street, Main Street or in The Square on Easter Sunday so that the parade can pass through safely,” Larry said.
“The final preparations are now underway and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Roscommon town on Easter Monday. We also wish the Roscommon senior footballers the very best of luck in Castlebar on Easter Sunday!”