After a three-year hiatus caused by Covid, the village of Kilkelly will hold its second-ever St Patrick’s Day Parade tomorrow.
The East Mayo town held its inaugural St Patrick’s Day Parade in 2019, but just when it was set to become a regular fixture, the Covid-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. However, this year it is back better than ever with the people of village and organisers alike looking forward to the day. This year’s unofficial theme is ‘Have a Laugh”, which seems appropriate given what everyone has gone through over the last 24 months.
Kilkelly parade committee member and co-organiser Kieran Tarpey told the Western People that everyone is looking forward to it.
“It’s to have a laugh more than anything and don’t be too serious about it all. We have no official theme really but we want to make it comical more than anything,” Mr Tarpey said.
Like 2019, there will be competition on the day with ‘The Battle of the Villages’, as all nearby villages will enter a float into the parade with the best one not only taking home the bragging rights, but Fagan’s Hardware Store a sponsoring a fuel and food voucher, and there will also be a perpetual cup given to the victors.
“The Battle of the Villages is on too. There’s a good few villages that are putting in floats it’s become a bit competitive. Ballure won it in 2019 and this is only the second one we have had.
“We will have a fireworks display at 8pm at the back of the square, so there will be a bit of excitement with that!
“We’re (Kilkelly) are getting ready to topple Ballure from their throne. It is great to see all the villages surrounding Kilkelly coming together and having a bit of a laugh,” noted Mr Tarpey, who runs Tarpey’s Supermarket in Kilkelly.
The parade will leave from St Celsus’ Catholic Church at 5.30pm and takes a route through the centre of Kilkelly. Laura Foye is the grand marshal on the day.