Plans are Well Under Way for Whitegate’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

By Alan Sheehan

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Ella Lewis and Adam 'Scholes'.

Whitegate Residents Association continues work on this year’s St. Patricks Day Parade, with places still available for those willing to take part or volunteer.

The event itself is relatively new to the Whitegate events calendar being only a few years old. However it has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and the organising committee are looking forward to “another super parade this year”.

“Plans are well underway for the event,” said Shane Russell, Chairperson of the Whitegate Residents Association. "There has been significant interest in the parade this year already and it looks like our number of floats will be up on last year. We will have local community groups, local sports groups, a group from the refinery, firefighters and the ESB. It will be the ESB’s first time ever in the event and they are trying to send in an electric car to take part in the parade. Hopefully the weather will be kind.”

The Parade will commence at 12.30pm and will travel down to the Village Centre where the judges will be there on the viewing stand.  Walkers will meet at the National School in Whitegate and the floats and vehicles will meet at the Club Road in Whitegate. There will be plenty of entertainment and the music on the day will be by the local legend DJ Tommy Coppinger.

“We will have a meeting the week before the parade on Thursday, 9 March,” said Mr Russell. “By that meeting we will have everything finalised. Anybody who is interested in volunteering should contact us before that date. In that meeting we will be talking to all the stewards and volunteers to get everything confirmed beforehand and to get the health and safety matters all down pat.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering or putting in a float can contact the Whitegate Residents Association at whitegateresidentsassoication@gmail.com .

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