Carrick Gets Ready For Two St. Patrick’s Day Parades!
Posted on : February 27, 2012
This year Carrick will have TWO St Patrick’s Day Parades on Saturday, March 17th. Yes everyone. There will be a boating parade on the Shannon immediately following the traditional land based one. Various boats, including power boats, cruisers and ribs, will be taking part, and St Patrick will also grace the occasion along with lots of musical talent.
Carrick Chamber, who organise the traditional Parade, is delighted to announce this additional, colourful, event in conjunction with local branches of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI).
To complement the festive atmosphere a number of bars will be running live entertainment over the holiday weekend.
The Chamber is asking all businesses, local groups, schools, sporting organisations, and all and sundry, to come out and take part in our Parade.
St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional start to the town’s tourism season, and the fact that it’s on a nice, long, weekend should add to everyone’s enjoyment.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:-
1. Best Overall Entry – Sponsored by Gannons Eggs and Poultry;
2. Most Creative Entry – Sponsored by Cox’s Pharmacy;
3. Best Children’s Entry – Sponsored by Mulvey’s Kids Kingdom;
4. Best Youth entry – Sponsored by Carrick Cineplex;
5. Best Window Display – Sponsored by Glancys SuperValu.
The Parade will be on Saturday, March 17th starting at 12.45. Assembly from 12 at the Circular Road for floats and vehicles. Marching entries please assemble at the Girls’ School, on the old Dublin Road.
Parade entry fees are nominal:- non commercial groups and floats are free. Commercial entries are €30 for the first vehicle and €25 for each subsequent entry. Chamber members get one free entry. Phone Monica or Grace at the Chamber office for more details at 071 9622245.
The Parade on the Shannon will have representation from multiple branches of the IWAI including Boyle River Branch, Power Boat Branch, the Carrick Branch, and the Corrib Branch. The Rowing Club will also be taking part. There will be cruisers, fishing boats, ribs, speed boats and jet skies and even St Patrick will appear as a figure head on one of the vessels. Some of the boats will have musicians. If any boat owner or novelty boat owner would like to take part they can just turn up on the morning beside Butler’s Marina and there will be marshals organising the event. Boats will be gathering from 10.30 beside Butler’s Marina and the parade will take place at 2pm approx, immediately after the traditional Town Parade.
Anyone interested in viewing the water parade should be at the quay wall at 2pm This is the first parade that has been held on the water and it’s guaranteed to be a great event.
We would like to thank all the Chamber members who have supplied the prizes and all those who take the time to provide entertainment for the rest of us. A special word of thanks to Chamber member, David O Dowd, for organising the Water Parade with his colleagues in the IWAI and the Rowing Club.
Music events over the weekend will be in An Poitin Still, Cryans Hotel Regatta Bar, Murtaghs Bar, The Venue, Andersons Thatch Pub, The Landmark Hotel, Club 360 at The Landmark Hotel and Dunnes Bar.