‘My Community’ is theme for 50th annual Roscommon Easter Parade

Free entry for floats this year!

The 2022 Roscommon Easter Parade will be a central focus of a two-day festival. There is a super line-up of County Roscommon musicians scheduled for Saturday, 16th April. The music will be performed in the newly-completed Market Square from 3 pm to 9 pm. Matt Molloy and Friends are headlining at 8 pm. Other bands and musicians taking to the stage are Ukephoric, The Blacksticks, Danny Arnold, Matt Rogers & friends and Vinegar Bill.

  Then on Sunday, 17th April, Easter Sunday, there is live music from Lady Betty from 11.30 am, The Easter Parade at 12.30 pm sharp, and live music after the parade from The Odd Sox in market square. There are marching bands, live performers, children’s amusements and plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

  2022 marks the 50th year of Roscommon town’s Easter parade and also 100 years since the establishment of An Garda Síochána. The committee are delighted to be working with the Gardai this year.

  The committee have announced a theme for this year’s parade – ‘My community’. They felt that with all that we have all gone through over the last two years and all that is currently going on in the world, our communities and welcoming people into our communities has never been as important. The committee are waiving the fee for any volunteer or community group to enter the parade.

  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 – 1: Best Overall; 2: Best Community/Voluntary; 3: Best Business; 4: Most Environmentally Aware; and finally, a prize for the Best Window display.

  The festival this year is part-funded by Roscommon County Council & the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme. This festival is also funded by a Roscommon LEADER Partnership grant. The committee also rely on support and donations made by local businesses in Roscommon Town and its environs, which the committee are extremely grateful for.

  If you would like to be involved in one of the biggest days of the year in Roscommon Town, whether by entering a float for your community/voluntary group or business, giving a donation towards costs, or helping out on the day, please contact any of the executive officers: Larry Brennan (Down The Hatch) 085 1743871, JJ Cattigan 087 8512503, Patricia Mullaney (The Red Parrot) 087 2117749, Caitlin McConn 086 0859275.

 

Gardaí ‘honoured’ to be involved in centenary year

Speaking at Monday’s launch, Inspector David Cryan said that it was a great honour for the Gardaí to be involved in this year’s Roscommon Easter Parade.

  Inspector Cryan said that the local Gardaí were so appreciative of the help of the community and he wished the Easter Parade committee well with this year’s event.

  During his address on Monday night, Cllr. Joe Murphy (Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council) endorsed Larry Brennan’s acknowledgement of the great regard within the community for An Garda Síochána.