The launch of the 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade took place on Thursday. PIC: Arthur Kinahan
The 2018 Dundalk St Patrick’s Day Parade was officially launched at the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol on Thursday evening – and in keeping with the ‘Dream Big’ theme, organisers are putting together an event that is bigger and better than ever.
As the countdown to the parade officially got underway, this year’s Grand Marshall Zoe Conway joined members of the organising committee and associate sponsors of the event to unveil the parade and it’s fringe events.
This year, Dundalk’s success and ‘Dream Big’ attitude is the theme of the day and with main sponsor Dundalk Credit Union celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in 2018, they are the perfect inspiration for that particular message.
Longwalk Shopping Centre, Louth County Council, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Pelican Promotions continue as associate sponsors.
The parade on March 17th will take in it’s longest ever route this year and among those speaking at the launch was parade chairperson David Minto. He thanked the sponsors for their continued support.
“As we approach March 17th and look forward to the events of this day, the Parade is a symbol of unity within our community. This would not be possible if it wasn’t for our sponsors, both past and present.
“I would like to thank Dundalk Credit Union for making this year’s St. Patrick's Day celebration possible with their generosity.”
Chairman of Dundalk Credit Union Paddy Donnelly, Cllr Maeve Yore, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce President Michael Gaynor also spoke to the assembled crowd, as did Grand Marshal and fiddle player Zoe Conway (pictured above with David Minto and Billy Doyle) who performed for the audience.
“The Board of Directors of Dundalk Credit Union are delighted and honoured to be sponsoring the 2018 St Patrick’s Day Parade in what is the 50th Anniversary year of the Credit Union,” Donnelly said.
A special presentation was also made to Kim Hearty to mark her commitment and dedication to the organising of the Dundalk St Patrick’s Day Parade over the years.
This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dundalk will start at 1pm and follows a more traditional route than in previous years, starting on the Castletown Road then up through the town’s main thoroughfare right through to Dublin Street.
Following the Parade, the Dundalk Credit Union/Pelican Promotions Family Fun Zone located at the Market Square will run into the evening with music, food stalls and kids fun rides.
Wristbands for the Fun Zone are available priced €6 from a number of locations on the day with a family package also available.
The closing date for local groups and businesses hoping to take part in the parde is March 9th. As always, there is a huge interest and all participants are asked to focus on the ‘Dream Big’ theme when putting together their floats.
To enter your group or business in the parade, contact Dundalk Chamber of Commerce at 042 9336343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO: David Minto (Chairman St Patrick's Day parade committee), Michael Gaynor (President Dundalk Chamber of Commerce), Billy Doyle CEO Dundalk Credit Union, Majella Toner Downey and Paddy Donnelly (Chairman Dundalk Credit Union) at the St Patrick's day parade launch).