Over 2,000 to take part in Swords' biggest ever parade

Published 11/03/2014 | 05:32

A crowd of 20,000 is expected to attend the parade in Swords, which will be the pinnacle of a weekend of events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

SWORDS is set to host the biggest St Patrick's Day parade ever seen in the county with over 2,000 people taking part in the parade itself which is expected to be watched by a massive crowd of around 20,000 spectators.

Fingal County Council's events department have been working hard on the giant parade which it sees as a parade not just for the county capital but the whole of Fingal, which is why it is being called the Fingal St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Along with partners in the Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce and commercial sponsors this year, Swords company One4all, the council have been working with a wide range of community groups in the area to make this the biggest and best parade ever seen in Swords.

There will be something for everyone as it snakes its way through the town. A centrepiece of the parade is set to be a spectacular Chinese dragon display that has been put together by the Swords/Baldoyle Youth Service, working with members of the local Chinese community.

The giant parade is just one event taking place in Swords in a weekend festival that will help celebrate our national holiday in considerable style.

There will be entertainment from 11 a.m. on the streets of Swords on St Patrick's Day with the parade itself kicking off at noon. A fun fair will operate for the entire St Patrick's Day weekend on Seatown Road while the Pavilions Shopping Centre will get in on the act by hosting a number of events over the weekend to celebrate all things Irish.

In nearby Newbridge House in Donabate, Saturday, March 15 will host the Fingal 'Mini-Legends' adventure race with the brave participants taking their positions for the start at 11 a.m.

All-in-all it promises to be a weekend to remember in the county capital and means that you don't have to visit the city centre to celebrate the national holiday this year - just head on down to Swords Main Street.

Fingal Independent

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