New Ross enjoys best parade in years
Huge crowds took the streets in New Ross on Sunday for what the organisers are calling 'one of the best St Patrick's Day Parades in recent memory'. With a total of 29 walking groups and 16 floats, there was plenty to see with the parade taking a total of 45 minutes to pass the viewing stand from start to finish.
The theme for this year's parade was 'New Ross - 100 Years of Panto' and as it made it's way through town, the parade was littered with some of our favourite characters from stage and screen.
The two grand marshals for this year were Tom Doyle, who has graced the St Michael's Theatre stage in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s and Martin Waters, who took the stage with Tom 50 years ago in 'Old Mother Hubbard' and was also a key member of New Ross Pantomime Society for decades.
Somewhat appropriately, New Ross Pantomime Society scooped the award for best float, taking their ship from 'Captain Hook' to the streets along with a number of the more colourful characters. Runners-up were Rathnure Panto Group who also brought some Disney characters to life.
Best walking group went to 2 Many Dance Moves, closely followed by Ascension Cheer & Dance Group on what was their first year in the parade.
Best Vintage went to Tullogher Rosbercon Vintage Club who had some marvellous machines on display, while the best topical went to New Ross Educate Together School for their colourful collection of leprechauns.
The adjudicator's award went to Glenmill Transport for their hilarious interpretation of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' while the best shop window award, as voted by the public on the Visit New Ross Facebook page, was St Vincent's charity shop on Quay Street.
'It was definitely one of the best parades ever,' said committee member and local councillor Anthony Connick.
'The weather certainly helped. It was a lot warmer this year and the rain stayed away. That makes a big difference. But everyone really seemed to get behind it this year and everyone involved got dressed up.'
'Myself and the safety officer even dressed up as Laurel and Hardy. It was great craic. It was a real community effort and it made it bigger and better than ever.'
The parade also saw some wonderful music, not least of all from the renowned New Ross & District Pipe Band and the HFC Brass Band, and was led off by an FCA colour party.
All in all the parade proved to be a major success and the organising committee were keen to thank everyone who got involved, be it providing sponsorship, marshalling or taking part, for making 2019 such a great celebration.
New Ross Standard