Dan’s The Man To Lead The St Patrick’s Day Parade

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Johnnie Wall of the St Patrick’s Day Parade Organising Team, Grand Marshal of this year’s parade Dan Horan and Mayor of Tralee Norma Foley. Photo courtesy of John Drummey

DAN Horan has been unveiled as the Grand Marshal for the 2018 St Patrick’s Day Parade which will take a new route this year starting at The Rose Hotel and finishing on the stunning, new-look Mall on Saturday 17th March.

He joined the Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Norma Foley to announce details of this year’s celebration of our national holiday which will bring much entertainment onto the streets of Tralee.

The Chairman of the St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Johnnie Wall, said: “Our annual parade will embrace the magnificently refurbished town centre with all participants parading along The Mall and finishing in The Square. It’s fitting that an enterprising individual such as Dan Horan should lead the parade. He opened his first store in Abbey Court in 1988 and now has 21 stores employing 81 people across Munster in Kerry, Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. We are expecting over 40 groups to take part in this year’s parade and they will all be encouraged to stay in town to enjoy some music, family fun and games until around 2.45pm. We look forward to another great gathering of Tralee communities.”

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The St Patrick’s Day Parade, which will start at the earlier time of 11.45am, will have as its theme – Tralee: Ireland’s Most Enterprising Town.

The route will bring the participants from Dan Spring Round (roundabout at the entrance to The Rose Hotel) to Cloonbeg Terrace, Dean’s Lane, Boherbee to Castle Street, along The Mall and finishing at the entrance to The Square next to Carraig Donn.

Friday 9th March is the extended deadline date for receipt of entry forms whish are available from Kerry County Council Offices in Rathass and Prince’s Quay; Tralee Chamber Alliance, 18 Denny Street; Garvey’s Supervalu, Rock Street; and Tralee St Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook Page.

Once all the applications have been received, each participant will be given a slot number and the numbers will be displayed along the assembly area at the starting line.

Kerry County Council, through the Community Support Fund, is the main sponsor of the Tralee St Patrick’s Day Parade, while Tralee Chamber Alliance is supporting the provision of family fun on the Mall after the parade.

For more information, contact Johnnie Wall on 087 2335846.

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