Dundalk paints the town green

THE people of Dundalk were promised culture, craic agus ceol at the launch of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Festival.

THE people of Dundalk were promised culture, craic agus ceol at the launch of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Festival.

The festival was officially launched on Thursday, February 24 by Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and the St Patrick’s Day Committee at Louth County Museum.

According to the organisers, the festival promises to be all things green and packed with entertainment.

They also hope it will remind people that Dundalk is a great place to live, work, visit and invest in.

The St Patrick’s Day parade is due to begin at 1pm on Patrick Street and will feature street theatre, music, outdoor spectacles, dance and visual art.

The Northern Ireland Friendship Band; the Drogheda Samba Band, the Carlingford Pipe Band and the Aughna Mullen Pipe Band are among those performing at the event.

Participants will also include The Euroba Descendants of Nigeria, and the Malone Dance Academy, which will showcase various genres of dance such as tap, ballet, jazz and lots more.

Numerous youth/drama groups and local GAA and soccer clubs will also participate this year in the parade. There have been over 40 entrants for the parade from various groups since January.

The town is offering entertainment for all ages immediately after the parade, and will include abseiling leprechauns at The Crowne Plaza Hotel from 10am to 6pm.

The Marshes Shopping Centre will provide some family fun including free face painting and chocolates, traditional musicians, dancers and craic from “Gift O’ the Gap.”

The St Patrick’s Day award ceremony will also be taking place at Marshes including awards for Best Float, Best New Entrant and many more.

For those of you who want to kick off your St Patrick’s Day celebrations early, a traditional music concert is due to take place in the Tain Theatre on Wednesday, March 16 at 8pm.