Plans for two-day St Patrick's Festival in Carlow underway as organisers appeal for floats

Aim is to further enhance the annual celebration and develop it into a major festival

Darren Hassett

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Source: Carlow St Patrick's Festival Facebook page

Plans for a two-day St Patrick’s Festival in Carlow are now in train with with the theme of "Diversity".

The 2019 event on March 16 and 17 will feature a wide representation of the county's cultural heritage and economic achievements.

Last year, Carlow stepped up a gear with a more spectacular annual parade. The town parade saw a dramatic turn of events with more entrants, floats, family fun entertainment and even a large screen showing the Grand Slam finale of the 6 Nations.

The aim now is to further enhance this annual celebration and develop it into a major festival.

Kevin Brady, the Chairman of the organising committee said: "We are inviting all schools, voluntary organisations, sports clubs and businesses to get involved in the 2019 parade either through participation with a float/creative walking group or by way of financial contribution towards the running costs.

"Last year we built upon the strong foundations laid down in previous years and we have big plans in the years ahead. But we need you, the Carlow people to help us realize our vision."

The new two-day festival will be based at the Town Hall with plans for a fun fair, bouncy castles, food village, live music and street entertainment underway.

If anyone would like to get involved in the parade, be it by entering a float/walking group or if you wish to make a financial contribution, please email: carlowparade@gmail.com