The event commences at 3 pm and while all floats are at the discretion of the organisers, local businesses, clubs, groups and other organisations have been encouraged to get involved.
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. All participants are asked to assemble at the Circular Road, Church Street and Upper Elphin Street and cooperate with the directions of the parade stewards on the day.
Further information is available from the Strokestown Community Development Association office on Bawn Street (071-9633759 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org).
Entries for Sunday’s parade will be accepted until this afternoon (Thursday, April 14th).
Parade kicks off busy year in Strokestown
The theme for this year’s parade is ‘Revitalising Our Local Community’ and the Strokestown Community Development Association is looking forward to a busy weekend in the town.
Chairperson and local Senator Eugene Murphy says the parade is the first of many local events this year.
“Traditionally, each year the Easter Parade would signal the start of events in Strokestown – we would usually have several events taking place at different times of the year,” he said.
“It’s a welcome sign that things are getting back to normal and this year we will also see the return of another popular event, the Strokestown Show, which is great news”.
This weekend’s event will not only provide a much-needed boost to the local economy, it will see families and friends gathering in the streets of Strokestown once again.
“It’s a great weekend economically for the town of course. Hotels, restaurants, shops and pubs really do well on the day and there will be plenty of entertainment in local pubs throughout the weekend,” Eugene Murphy said.
“It’s not only a major boost for local businesses but it will also be wonderful to see families coming together and maybe people returning to Strokestown for the first time in a few years.
“We’ll have something for everyone this Sunday including street stalls and street entertainment on the day.
“As part of the ongoing development of Strokestown, this parade fits perfectly with what we are trying to do. I’d like to acknowledge Roscommon County Council and Tourism Officer Eimear Dowd for their support and look forward to welcoming everyone to Strokestown this Sunday”.