Carlow brings St Patrick's Day parade forward - to accomodate mass exodus of fans heading to Croke Park
Carlow's St Patrick's Day parade is taking place one day early in a break from tradition.
And here's why.
The Mount Leinster Rangers hurling team has earned itself a long-awaited place in the All-Ireland Club Hurling Final on St. Patrick’s Day.
And to facilitate the anticipated mass exodus of fanatic supporters to Croke Park for the match, parade organisers have brought the parade forward.
The parade will be organised by Glór Cheatharlach in association with Carlow Town Council and the Carlow Town Team.
Mount Leinster Rangers has made history to become the first Carlow side to make the final of the AIB All-Ireland club senior hurling final.
Parade officials have asked that all local organisations, clubs, bands, sports groups, schools, societies and businesses make a special effort to participate.
Assembly for the parade will be from 2.30pm with the parade moving off at 3.30pm.
Walking groups will assemble in Penneys Carpark while floats and vehicles will line up on Burrin Street which will be closed to through traffic from 2.30pm.
The Killeshin Pipe Band and the Presentation School Band will as usual take part in the parade.