St. Patrick's Day Parade, 17th March, 2011 - Thank you.
Last Updated: 30 Mar 2011
St. Patrick's Day Parade - Thank You
The 2011 parade in Athy was regarded as possibly the best ever to be seen in the town and thousands turned out to view the 50 plus floats and walking groups on display. This year's parade also included many novel vintage entries and the organisers, Athy Town Promoters, were particularly pleased to note many new entrants across the wide range of categories and from the surrounding hinterland.
Following the parade, the difficult task of judging entries fell upon a small team of representatives who viewed the parade from the review stand opposite White Castle. The following winners were selected: Best heritage theme: Jim Phillips (Happy Man); Best walking group: Shooting Stars; Best commercial entry: Clancy's Pub; Best children's entry: Marie Gough School of Irish dancing; Best sporting entry: Athy GFC; Best vintage entry: Morris Minor Car Club; Best voluntary/ community entry: Athy Scouts (5th Kildare); and Best overall entry: School of Marshall Arts Sports Academy. A formal presentation to the selected winners will took place last Friday, 25th March in the Athy Heritage Centre Museum.
The organisers wish to acknowledge the kind assistance of the Civil Defence, Order of Malta, Athy Gardai, Athy Chamber, Shop Athy, Age Action, Athy Town Council, Kildare County Council - Area Office, Athy Heritage Centre Museum, Athy Tidy Towns, Kildare County Show Committee, Athy Arts Sub Committee, Interreg Brand Project, Shane & Adrian Sullivan and a hard working team of volunteer marshalls. Sponsors for the parade were: Athy International Concentrates, Athy Credit Union and Athy Town Council.