Visitcobh.com are encouraging community groups, schools and businesses to float their best ideas and get involved in the towns annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the 17 March.
Hendrick Verwey from Visitcobh.com says this year’s theme is open to interpretation but entrants are asked to “think colour and fun with create imaginative costumes for the occasion.”
Mr Verwey said he particularly wanted local business to get their thinking caps on and join in this year’s festivities.
“A special appeal is being made to businesses to enter the parade. It is an ideal opportunity to showcase your business to thousands of potential customers” Mr Verwey said.
Every group is being encouraged to perform a 30 second to 1 minute routine in front of the reviewing stand. Examples would include passing a ball, a 100m sprint, dance routine, courtesy, bow or salute.
There will be a prize for the Best Overall Entry and the perpetual trophy will be presented immediately after the Parade finished.
Entrants are being asked to nominate one or two members of their group to stay near the reviewing stand for the announcement and presentation.
The parade will leave the Cobh Heritage Centre at 3:30pm, where it will proceed to the old town Hall.
All walking entries must assemble at the Deepwater Quay and all vehicle entries must line up, on the Low Road.
Mixed entries should have the vehicle(s) on the Low Road and the pedestrian element on the Deep Water Quay.
Vehicles must continue along Harbour Row to avoid congestion.
Entries are free until Friday 10 March, applications after this period will be subject to a €50 late fee.
Application forms are available on the www.visitcobh.com web page or by phoning Hendrick on 087 2593850.

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