Tuesday 23 April 2019

Brass Band to lead out the Drogheda parade

On tour... at the 2018 parade
On tour... at the 2018 parade
The tribute to Rescue 116 was part of last year’s parade

Drogheda Brass Band will lead the 2019 St Patrick's Day parade in Drogheda! The All-Ireland award-winning band, which was formed in 1886, has participated in the parade as long as the parade has taken place in the town!

Bands are the centre point of this year's parade, with 6 in total taking part, including the local Lourdes Brass Band, as well as a number from Northern Ireland. Colour and music is behind the parade, which has 'Drogheda into the future 2019' as its theme.

Approximately 70 community groups, clubs, societies and local businesses take part in Drogheda's parade, led by a colour parade from the ONE, Order of Ex-servicemen. Many of Drogheda's newest residents will take part, displaying culture from various parts of the world.

A special Mass for deceased members of the parade committee and Grand Marshals takes place in The Dominican church at 6pm on Saturday 16 March. Fr Jim Donleavy has supported the parade and facilitated it over the years, will give a special blessing to the parade and participants.

Due to health & safety concerns, performance has been cut out along the parade route this year, according to a committee spokesperson.

'The Gardai have advised us that due to Health & Safety regulations, we cannot allow our dancers or gymnasts to perform as they march along the route,' said the committee member. 'It's unfortunate, as people do enjoy watching the Irish dancers or other performance schools, but this causes delays and gaps in the parade, and can be unsafe as other groups catch up. So we are appealing to groups to show themselves off, keep on marching, and ensure that the parade moves along smoothly together. It's out of our hands at this stage, and we hope to see all our participants from Drogheda, Louth, Meath and further afield, taking part again on Sunday at 12 noon.'

Participants should gather at the O'Raghallaigh's GFC club on the North Road by 10.30am to collect their numbers and get put into allocated placings. Late entries are still being accepted - contact secretary Jayne O'Brien on 087-7561518. Email . The parade will commence at 12 noon from Mother Hughes pub on the North Road, and will follow the usual route along Fair Street and down Peter Street and Shop Street, turning onto the quay where the reviewing stand is located, before dispersing on North Quay

Drogheda Independent