‘The more the merrier’ at Elphin’s parade!

The organisers in Elphin are offering free entry to floats in their St Patrick’s Day parade this year. The parade itself starts at 3 pm from near Abbeycarton NS with music to entertain the crowd beforehand.

  Valerie Byrne who is one of the main driving forces behind this year’s parade has extended an invitation to all for next week’s festivities.

  “We try to get everyone involved,” she said  earlier this week. “We see it as a wonderful showcase for businesses in the town and surrounding areas. We welcome groups and businesses from surrounding areas too. Everyone is welcome, and we’re delighted to have them. The more the merrier!”

  Due to Eugene Cummins’ St Patrick’s trip to New York, Majella Hunt will be the Acting CEO of Roscommon County Council for the festival and she will be in attendance in Elphin.

  The theme of this year’s parade is the 1916 Centenary and prizes will be given out for in the following categories: Agricultural/Industrial, Novelty/Fun, Vintage, Cultural and Most Topical.

  Valerie reminded me that the overall winner this year would receive the Seamus Nolan perpetual cup along with the €250 first prize. As for those of you with classic cars and other vintage vehicles, get the wax out as you stand to take home the Johnny Duke memorial plaque!

There will also be a prize for the Best Dressed Window in the town so get creative!