Hail stones and rain showers failed to dampen spirits in Edenderry for the town’s first ever St Patrick’s Day Parade which exceeded all expectations.
With over 60 floats it was one of the largest parades in the Midlands and attracted a wonderful mixture of arts, sports, community and business floats.
Grand Marshall was Adrian Brerton of Operation Transformation fame who led the parade resplendant in a top hat and tails. Master of Ceremonies was John Quinlan who kept up an informative and entertaining running commentary on the proceedings which greatly added to the enjoyment of the occasion.
The parade was the brain child of Edenderry Town Soccer Club which got the ball rolling, so to speak, last October and events just snowballed from there with an enthusiastic response from the town’s many voluntary organisations, sports clubs, business and community groups.
See this Tuesday’s Offaly Express (March 20) for full report and 2 pages of pictures from the Edenderry Parade. On sale now