The 2018 Dundalk St. Patrick’s Day Parade sponsored by Dundalk Credit Union was officially launched at the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol on Thursday evening – and in keeping with the ‘Dream Big Dundalk’ theme, organisers are putting together an event that is bigger and better than ever.
As the countdown to the parade officially got underway, this year’s Grand Marshal Zoe Conway joined members of the organising committee and associate sponsors of the event to unveil the parade and its fringe events.
This year, Dundalk’s success and ‘Dream Big Dundalk’ attitude is the theme of the day and as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2018, we feel it is the perfect inspiration for that particular message.
Longwalk Shopping Centre, Louth County Council, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Pelican Promotions continue as associate sponsors.
The parade on March 17th will take in its longest ever route this year and among those speaking at the launch was parade Chairperson David Minto. He thanked the sponsors for their continued support.
“As we approach March 17th and look forward to the events of this day, the Parade is a symbol of unity within our community. This would not be possible if it wasn’t for our sponsors, both past and present.”
“I would like to thank Dundalk Credit Union for making this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration possible with their generosity.”
Chairman of Dundalk Credit Union Paddy Donnelly, Cllr Maeve Yore, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce President Michael Gaynor also spoke to the assembled crowd, as did Grand Marshal and fiddle player Zoe Conway who performed for the audience.
Paddy Donnelly Chairperson of Dundalk Credit Union said at the launch that “The Board of Directors of Dundalk Credit Union are delighted and honoured to be sponsoring the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in what is the 50th Anniversary year of the Credit Union,”
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dundalk will start at 1pm and follows a more traditional route than previous years, starting on the Castletown Road then up through the town’s main thoroughfare right through to Dublin Street. Following the Parade, the Dundalk Credit Union/Pelican Promotions Family Fun Zone located at the Market Square will run into the evening with music, food stalls and kid’s fun rides. Wristbands for the Fun Zone are available priced €6 from a number of locations including Stitch Craft in the lead up to the event with a family package also available.
The closing date for local groups and businesses hoping to take part in the parade is March 9th. As always, there is a huge interest and all participants are asked to focus on the ‘Dream Big Dundalk’ theme when putting together their floats.