There was a good turnout for last Friday’s launch of the 2019 instalment of the Roscommon Town Easter Parade, held in The Red Parrot, Roscommon town.
The parade will take place on Easter Sunday (April 21st) at 1 pm. Chairperson of the parade committee, Larry Brennan, welcomed committee members, business people, Roscommon County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ivan Connaughton, and Cllrs. Kathleen Shanagher and Orla Leyden. He also thanked Roscommon County Council for their continued support of the event, including a grant of €1,000 for this year’s parade.
Cllr. Connaughton, who officially launched the event, said: “Nothing beats the Roscommon Easter Parade and the atmosphere. It’s a real family occasion. Well done to the new committee and congratulations to the previous committees who have done fantastic work.
“For voluntary groups to get involved it’s not easy in any town, village or area, so well done to the incoming committee for taking on the mantle”.
The committee is inviting community/voluntary groups and businesses to enter floats on the day. There is a new category of award this year – ‘Most Environmentally Aware’ – in addition to the ‘Best Overall’, ‘Best Community/Voluntary’, ‘Best Commercial’, ‘Most Entertaining’, ‘Judges Special Award’ and also a ‘Best Window Display’ award.
On the day, local pubs, cafés and restaurants will be taking part in a ‘Straws Suck’ Plastic Free initiative, spearheaded by Kilteevan Tidy Towns and supported by Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Officer with Roscommon County Council. The parade committee hope that the event will be ‘Plastic Straw Free’. Publicans involved in the parade committee have committed to this and it is hoped that other premises’ will also sign up on the day.