It is all go in Longford as preparations for the 2014 St Patrick’s Day parade are well under way. The parade is one of the high points of the year for the community of Longford as people from far and wide descend on the county town to celebrate the National Day.
The organising committee are busy putting together an exciting programme of events for this year. The theme for this year’s event is in acknowledgement of the burgeoning arts movement in the county. The committee have decided the theme of: “Longford: Arts and Culture” to emphasise that the county is a centre for Arts and Culture.
It is hoped that the theme will act as an inspiration to the many groups and institutions who annually make an effort to produce the wonderful floats and entries that have become the hallmark of the Longford St Patrick’s Day Parade.
The position of Grand marshal was has been discussed and it is hoped that closer to the date there will be announcement of a Longford person of national prominence who will oversee the event.
The goal of this year’s St Patrick’s Day festivities is, as always, to put a positive image of Longford. Arrangements are being made for the Master of Ceremonies and music as well as the panel of judges who will assess the entrants to this year’s parade.
As usual the schools art competition and the annual shop window display competition will be integral parts of the celebration. The organisers are very much indebted to the sponsors of the event, particularly Abbott pharmaceuticals, without whom the organisation of the parade would be impossible.
As this is an important event for the town and its surrounding communities the organisers are looking for as much support as possible. The parade requires a significant amount organisation to run and the committee are reliant on the support of everyone in ensuring that it is as successful this year as it has been in the past.
Last year Longford hosted a three-day event around the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The theme then was “Longford-Rich in heritage”. It was a great success and involved all ages and cultures that are in Longford town. The efforts in “The Gathering” year, were acknowledged by Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D Higgins.
One of the setbacks that this year’s St Patrick’s Day festival has had to deal with is the fact that our funding is further strained by the fact that LCRL funding will not be available.
Contact the organising committee through Longford Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 087-0682605 email@example.com