Edenderry St Patricks Day Parade aims to be ‘Bigger And Better’ in 2013

Edenderry Town FC and the Edenderry St Patricks Day festival committee have been extremely busy recently in preparation for the 2013 parade on Sunday, March 17.

Edenderry Town FC and the Edenderry St Patricks Day festival committee have been extremely busy recently in preparation for the 2013 parade on Sunday, March 17.

The 2012 event was the first in living memory and the organisers were just overwhelmed with the response, feedback and support they received from local schools, organisations, musicians, businesses and clubs along with the huge number of floats.

Application forms will be available to those interested in entering a float in this years parade and details will be available soon with the committee encouraging the floats this year to be as colourful and musical as possible.

The committee would also like to encourage everyone in the town and locality to do their own little bit in the lead up to the weekend by putting up any flags or bunting they may have, let it be an Irish flag, Offaly flag or the Edenderry colours particularly the businesses in the town and main street as they have done in the past with their window displays, as all will give the town a sense of colour and add to the buzz of the weekend.

There is frantic work going on behind the scenes at present to make this a weekend to remember for everyone in the town and surrounding areas yet again this year and it is typical of the community spirit that exists in this town that has given the committee the encouragement, assertiveness, innovation and drive to stay on and pull out all the stops to make this weekend unique and an occasion to be very proud of for the people of Edenderry for the second year running .

Among those in business in Edenderry who commented on last year’s success were Adrian Foy of Foy’s Bar , Lounge and Restaurant. Adrian commented “What a success, the first parade was and I wish everyone involved the very best of luck with the 2013 parade.”

Peter Brady, proprietor of Spar Edenderry said, “It was a brilliant day for the town and was fantastic to see such a buzz around the main street again with such a huge crowd all enjoying themselves.”

Luigi Macari of Galileos restaurant commented that it reminded him of the Summer Festival weeks which saw the town of Edenderry alive during the late eighties early nineties. He added, “with the right community spirit and effort that exists in our town it’s just fantastic to be part of such a buzz and good feeling something like this can bring.”

A spokesperson for Edenderry Credit Union said they were ‘delighted to be associated with the parade’ and will certainly be taking part again this year. Their annual cup will be presented again to best float on the day.

“It’s a great event for the town and greatly received last year and look forward to this year immensely,” the spokesperson added.

The Cathaoirleach and Councillors of Edenderry Town Council wished the Edenderry St. Patricks Day Parade Committee the very best of luck and will endeavour to provide every assistance necessary in the run up to the event.

Last year’s Grand Marshall was Operation Transformation star Adrian Brereton. He had a very busy year and was first to acknowledge that 2012 was a year both he and his family will never forget. He said that on a personal level, to be asked to lead the first ever St. Patricks Day parade in his home town, was the highlight of the year for him and one of the proudest days of his life.

The committee can be contacted on 087-6366411, email edenderryparadecommittee@gmail.com or you can find us on facebook, Edenderry Parade. https://www.facebook.com/edenderry.parade?fref=ts