Saturday’s parade featured more than 1,000 participants from 53 different groups. The parade was complemented by the pedestrianisation of the streets, the parade’s increased musical content, traditional Irish music entertainment at Glór, and additional street entertainment including young people playing music as buskers under the auspices of the Arts Office.
Mayor of Ennis Councillor Michael Guilfoyle said he was proud of the huge effort that had been made at a local level to deliver the largest Ennis Saint Patrick’s Day parades in recent years.
The Mayor added: “It is very heartening to see that despite the present period of economic uncertainty that so many people found the time to contribute to this year’s parade. It is evident from the hundreds of parade participants and the huge numbers of people that lined the streets of the town that people are very proud to celebrate their Irishness and the country’s National Day.”
“I want to acknowledge the significant contribution of the staff of Ennis Town Council and the Ennis Electoral Area whose organisational work was central to the success of the parade. I also want to pay tribute to the Civil Defence, the Gardai, M.C. Ciana Campbell, Ennis Gospel Choir, Comhaltas, Eugene Drennan, Philly Walsh of Buskers, O’Keeffe’s Electrical, Temple Gate Hotel, Barry O’Keeffe of Tom Steele’s Pub, the Courts Service for the use of the grounds of the Court House, and the wider Ennis business community”, concluded the Mayor.
In commenting on the theme of the 2013 parade, Town Clerk Leonard Cleary stated: “The intention in selecting the theme of “Ennis - A Musical Town” is to honour the diversity of all musical traditions. Particularly in these challenging economic times, the contribution of the creative sector is important to recognise and to facilitate. In addition, as Ennis bids for the hosting of the 2014 All Ireland Fleadh, it is timely in the lead-in period to showcase the celebration of the wealth of traditional Irish music in Ennis and Clare.”