Crowds fill the streets for spectacular show of colour in town of Ballymahon

Ballymahon parade lauded 'the best the town has seen in years'

Jessica Thompson

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Ballymahon was bursting with colour on Sunday as a myriad of talent from local primary schools to community groups paraded down the streets, which were thronged with people for what has been lauded the best St Patrick's Day Parade the town has seen in years.

There was a wide range of floats on the day, with many of the local schools taking an environmentally friendly approach, encouraging onlookers to save the bees or save the oceans.

In that regard, it was a good day for Tang NS who made plenty of noise as they marched down Ballymahon's main street rattling a large number of plastic bottles and raising awareness for a plastic-free lifestyle.

In fact, so creative and hardhitting was the school's entry, that judges decided to award Tang NS the title of Best Overall Float at this year's parade.

There was plenty of colour from other entries, with the County Longford Samba Band putting on a spectacular performance; Mature Folks on Spokes got on their balloon-decorated bikes for the day that was in it; and the Convent Day Care Centre had great advertisement for its upcoming tractor run with a number of colourful tractors.

There were plenty of other prizes handed out on the day. Forgney NS received Great Overall Effort; Best Local Entry went to the Bog Lane Theatre; Best New Entry went to Ardagh NS; Most Colourful went to Colehill NS.

And, while Tang NS won the best overall, Taghshinny NS received an accolade for Environmental Awareness when they marched up the street dressed a buzzing bees and shouted “save the bees” for all to hear.

Creations won the Best Window Display award. A prize-giving ceremony will take place on March 29.

Delighted with the success, chairperson of the Ballymahon Parade Cllr Pat O'Toole congratulated every one of the entries.

“A sincere word of thanks to all the community groups, clubs, associations and schools who put so much work into their floats, making it the best parade we have had in Ballymahon for years,” he said.