The chairman of Ardee Town Council Padraig McKenny, who is also chairman of the town’s St Patrick’s Day organising committee, has asked the people of Ardee and mid-Louth to consider going Italian in this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade.
Remember it costs nothing to enter a float.
Ardee is twinning with the Italian town of Nettuno which is in the Lazio region in central Italy and
Sevral dignitaries from Nettuno will spend St Patrick’s week in Ardee on the invitation of Ardee Town Council.
A traditional music session is planned for Ardee Castle on St Patrick’s evening.
A major banquet has also been planned which will feature food produced in mid-Louth by local companies.
The food will be supplied by local shops and businesses and the chefs will give their services free.
Other events planned include a civic reception at Ardee Golf Club, a tree planting ceremony at the Fair Green, a clay shoot, an Irish-Italian choir recital at St Mary’s Church.
The Italian delegation will also take part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
They will also visit Dublin sites in Dublin including the Guinness Brewery.
It is also hoped that some of the schools in Ardee will bring an Italian theme to their floats in the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
The Ardee Community School Junior Council will be invited to some of the civic events over the weekend.
the link with Nettuno will create exchanges between Ardee and Nettuno schools and there will also be an Italian summer course package for young people between 18 and 21.
This year’s parade will start at 3pm.
There will be eight bands taking part, three from the North and one from London.
The Grand Marshall will be Austin Nevin.
Last year’s Ardee St Patrick’s Day Parade was an outstanding success.
There were so many floats and bands and groups taking part they had to be divided into two sections which merged at the Fair Green and then proceeded up the centre of the town.
“We would really like to thank all the traders and business people for their support,” Cllr McKenny said.
“Without them we could not afford to hold a parade which is a great boost for Ardee. It brings people together. It’s a family day and it’s important to the town.
“Thousands of people will come out onto the Main Street and it’s a credit to all the people who put so much work into it.”
The parade costs €10,0000 to stage and most of this money comes from the town’s business people.
“We are depending very much on the traders for funding.”