Ballybunion town is gearing up for its 2019 Ballybunion St Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for this Sunday commencing at 3:00 from the Church Car Park.
The Tidy Towns’ float this year will reflect a concern for the future of our beaches and underwater habitats. A banner asking everyone to help “Save our Seas” will fly above the their interpretation of what a stressed aquatic habitat would look like compared to a healthy, colourful one.
Joining in this year’s underwater theme will be the St. Joseph’s Transition Year Program. They have been working on decorating two float entries. One will be their mermaids’ boat featuring a queen’s throne, giant turtle, octopus and colourful fish. The second TY float will display their 2019 Junk Koutour entries accented with underwater features to complement this year’s theme.
Other town groups will also be joining in the theme. Ballybunion Active Retirement will have their Molly Malone’s pushing their wheelbarrow “through street broad and narrow” selling “cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh”. Tir na nOg Child Care jellyfish leaders will be bringing their school of fish among the other entrees. And we hope other groups will join in the parade fun too.
The parade will assemble at the church parking lot from 1:30 onward. The parade will begins at 3:00 heading down Church Road to the Garda Barrack, right on Main Street, turning onto Cliff Road at The Bunker Bar and back to the church.
All groups have been working long and hard on creating amazing props and costumes to enhance the chosen theme. Everyone is encouraged to join in the parade fun or be an onlooker along the parade route.