BEST EVER PARADES BLESSED WITH MAGNIFICENT WEATHER
St Patrick smiled down on The Avondhu region with bright sunshine and balmy summer – like conditions to celebrate the national feast day last Tuesday.
Parades in Mitchelstown, Fermoy, Ballyporeen, Kilfinane and Cappoquin all reported record attendances.
Mitchelstown, in particular, enjoyed its best ever parade when thousands of people lined the streets to enjoy the spectacle. Led by the James Fitzgerald Memorial Band and the Thomas Kent Pipe Band from Fermoy, the parade featured a superb variety of community, sporting and business floats.
It took well over an hour to pass the reviewing stand as master of ceremonies, Michael White, kept the show going with expert aplomb. Everything came together to ensure a memorable St Patrick’s Day in Fermoy this week as even the usually unreliable weather played its part in making sure the festivities went off without a hitch.
“We were very pleased with the parade, especially with the great participation from local groups,” Niall Cremen, MC of the Fermoy parade told The Avondhu, “We were also thrilled with the size of the crowd of people that came to see the parade. It all went off swimmingly.”
Niall also said that the choice of Denis Rice, the first ever Fermoy native to compete in the Olympics, as Grand Marshal was a popular one, and added that Mr Rice and Fermoy Rowing Club who celebrate their 125th anniversary this year received a warm reception. Niall said that the turnout from local public representatives, dignitaries and community leaders was also welcomed.
Thursday 19th March 5:23pm