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Blackrock, Dundalk gear up for St Patrick’s Day festivities

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Preparations for Blackrock St Patrick's Day parade are underway. Photo Credit: Lisa McCormack.

Organisers of the Blackrock St Patrick’s Day parade are calling for floats and volunteers from around the locality to participate in their annual event which is now just three weeks away.

The Blackrock Tourism and Development Group have been working hard to prepare for the event in Blackrock Village. The theme for this year’s parade is The Land of Giants and Icons.

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With that in mind, the organisers are looking for business floats, community floats, sports club floats, group floats and individual floats to enter into the parade itself. A donation of €20 towards the parade costs is required per entrant. A call has also been put put for volunteers which are required to help steward the parade.

You can register your entry into the parade and volunteers can sign up too on VisitBlackrock.ie.

Meanwhile, the Dundalk St Patrick’s Day parade will officially launch on Thursday evening (February 27) in Dundalk Gaol. The theme in 2020 is Urban Green, with the event sponsored by PayPal.

“The theme celebrates the public realm regeneration of Church Street/Clanbrassil Street and the innovative urban street art created during the Seek Festival 2019,” committee chairman Cllr Conor Keelan said. “Green is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day but also green environmental issues and credentials.

“The aim is to make the 2020 event the greenest ever festival and the plan is to have an evening parade on March 16, committing to the original route with a music-centred, family- friendly, town centre event on March 17.”

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