Crowds come out in green
St. Patrick himself led off the Newtownmountkennedy Parade as it travelled up Killadreenan up along Main Street before ending at the Review Stand opposite the Town House carpark.
It seemed like the whole of Newtown turned up on the day to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland.
The majority of local clubs and organisations all participated. One of the biggest cheers of the day was reserved for the special commemoration to honour the Newtown GAA side who won the County Championship in 1964. Members of that legendary team and their families were all honoured. A further function held in their honour will take place later in the year.
Bobby Byrne of Arklow provided some live music from the Review Stand.
The parade had one of the earlier starting times in the county at 10.45 a.m. but that didn't put off a large crowd gathering from 10 a.m. in order to get the best vantage points. Some of the floats entered into the parade also cantered around topical subjects and current affairs matters of national importance.