The traditional St Patrick’s Day parade will return to the streets of Enniskillen this year for the first time since 2019.
While there were a number of events to mark the celebration in 2022, the group in charge of organising the annual parade said uncertainty around coronavirus had led them to cancel the parade last year.
Now with Covid restrictions a fading memory, organisers, Project St Patrick, have said they are looking forward to the return of the parade in March.
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“After 3 years, and it’s about time, Fermanagh's St Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Day returns to Enniskillen on Friday 17th March,” the group said in a social media post.
“The streets of our county town will be transformed once again with colour, music and dancing.
“In just 8 weeks, normal service will resume at the Broadmeadow with a free family fun day and a host of live entertainment acts starting at 1.30pm along with all the usual great activities you had come to expect.
“We’ve some great new additions to our traditional parade and hope that any community organisations, clubs, schools and businesses still come forward to take part and showcase themselves to residents and visitors alike.”
Up to 15,000 people have attended the annual parade in recent years, while many will be delighted to see it return for the first time in four years.
The organisers say they will be making a big push to get people into Enniskillen this year, with the event falling on a Friday, making it a bank holiday weekend.
“As this year falls on a bank holiday weekend, we are promoting a ‘Homecoming’ angle to the festivities so encourage everyone to invite their friends and family to consider making the trip to Ireland’s Only Island Town for our unique land and water based St Patrick’s Day.
“Supported by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Enniskillen BID and local businesses, this year’s spectacular parade is one not to be missed.”
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