Sunday’s annual Roscommon Easter Parade was a tremendous success, with the weather remaining fine for the duration of the proceedings.
A huge crowd turned out for has become an extremely popular annual event. The quality of floats was excellent. There were 54 in all, including bands, commercial entries and several examples of great community spirit.
That spectacular Titanic replica, the entry of Dunmore Vintage Club, won the ‘Best Community/Voluntary’ float category.
Best Commercial Float was deemed to be ‘Abbeytown’ (Molloy’s Bakery, Beár an Raille & Timothy's Londis).
‘Most Entertaining Float’ went to Daybreak & TOP Filling Station, Ballyleague.
‘Best Shop Window’ went to John Finn Electrical in Goff Street, and deservedly so too, for a really beautiful presentation.
There were some other outstanding entries, including St. Faithleachs (celebrating 50 years in existence), Roscommon Lamb Festival, Roscommon Show Society, Kilteevan community float and Oran community float.
The most topical floats were probably two of those award winners, with the Dunmore Vintage Club’s magnificent replica Titanic attracting gasps from the large audience and the Daybreak/Top entry from Ballyleague featuring an amusing ‘take’ on the septic tank charge controversy! Toilet humour, indeed!
With plenty of parade participants dressed as bunnies, cartoon characters and even sheep, sweets were in plentiful supply for the suitably appreciative children who lined the streets.
The organising committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone for coming out and to the local Gardai and Roscommon County Council for their assistance. Thanks also to Signature Flowers & Ann Harlow for reviewing stand flowers, Greg Glancy and Tommy O’Connor for the stages and George Bannon Sports Shop for sponsoring the bunting.
There was a very positive response to requests for financial support from the local business community and the parade committee wishes to acknowledge the following in this regard: Regan's Bar and Restaurant, The Green Rooster, Doorly’s Corner House Bar, The Central Bar, The Red Parrot, The Coachman’s Inn, The Central Bar, Foxe's Bar, J.J. Harlow's, Murray's Bar, Charlie's Bar, Pat Kelly's Bar, Down the Hatch, The Hollywood Bar & Oscar's Party Rooms, Aidan Farrell Jewellers, Fleming's Supervalu, Ruby King Chinese Restaurant, Jacksons Restaurant (Moma's), The Harrison Café, Flix Cinema & Leisure, China Palace Chinese Restaurant, Donnellan & Co, Klassic Kleaners, Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacy, Carry Out Office Licence – David Molloy of Main Street, Zam Zam Takeaway, The Roscommon People Newspaper, Abbey Meats, Tesco, JJ Wards, Ros Office Supplies, Signature Flowers, Ann Harlow (sponsor of flowers on Reviewing Stand), The Comfy Café, Magnums, 8 'Till Late, McNulty Furniture, The Pepper Mill Restaurant and Gleeson’s Townhouse & Restaurant.
And we say well done to the organising committee!
Issue dated: 13 April 2012
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