Dungannon town centre closes for St Patrick’s Day parade

Emma who had a great day during the Primate Dixon Primary School "Green Day".INTT1216-316
Emma who had a great day during the Primate Dixon Primary School "Green Day".INTT1216-316

Dungannon town centre will be closed to traffic to facilitate the St Patrick’s Day parade between 2.30pm and 5pm.

Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations on Thursday in Dungannon will have a real appeal for all ages, with plenty of music, dancing and pageantry for the entire family.

There will be a number of bands on the day, along with the usual mix of entertaining floats, and the usual mix of local GAA clubs and schools.

Bands, floats and children and young people from various sporting and cultural organisations, are asked to assemble at Ann Street in the town from 2.30pm, with the parade leaving the site of the former Hillcrest Bar (now McAleers) just before 3pm.

Coalisland Silver Band will also be providing musical entertainment at Ann Street from 1.45pm until the parade starts.

Organised by Dungannon Gaelic Forum, in conjunction with Mid Ulster Council and sponsored by Westland Horticulture, this year’s event promises to be “bigger and better than ever”, according to Art McRory.

Mr McRory, on behalf of Dungannon Gaelic Forum, told the TIMES: “The parade will proceed along its now almost traditional route through Irish Street, Market Square, Scotch Street, Georges Street, William Street, and back to Ann Street.

“There will be a number of bands on the day, along with the usual mix of entertaining floats, and the usual mix of local GAA clubs and schools.”

Dungannon Youth Resource Centre, which will be represented in the parade, will provide entertainment afterwards, while Ranfurly House is the venue for music by Leah Jordan and workshops by Wendy Jack Music from 1pm to 4pm.

For younger ages, there will be a chance to enjoy some balloon modelling and face painting, also at Ranfurly House, from 2pm to 5pm. All activities are free of charge. More information available on what’s happening at www.midulstercouncil.org