Updated: 01/03/17 : 05:02:32
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‘Volunteering – Spirit of Sligo' for St Patrick's Festival

A special ‘European Volunteering Capital Tribe’ – made up of volunteers from Sligo’s many and varied voluntary groups – will be a highlight of the St. Patrick’s Day parade which this year is themed ‘Volunteering – Spirit of Sligo’.

Sligo’s rich tradition of volunteering and its designation as European Volunteering Capital 2017 will be the centerpiece of this year’s event, it is announced today.

The March 17 event will feature special volunteering themed floats and accompanying marchers from organisations and businesses who are all involved in different ways in volunteering.

The parade brings thousands of people into the town centre for the day and this year family friendly activities will take place in Stephen Street car park after the parade. Activities include children’s fun time story-telling and face painting and for day that it is, the best of trad music.   

European Volunteering Capital was launched in style in January with the ‘Spirit of Sligo’ gala event at IT Sligo Knocknarea Arena which featured live music and some of Sligo’s many volunteer stories.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is aiming to be just as memorable. As well as the ‘EVC Tribe’ the event will feature floats and participants from organisations such as Sligo Volunteer Centre and Abbott which is official corporate partner to EVC 2017.

Back row: Ashling Kelly; Ciara Mulcahy and Joanne Stenson, Abbott; Shupai Matewa,
 Riona Rochford, Sligo Volunteer Centre, Martin O'Dwyer.
Front row:Fiona Timoney,
Cllr. Marie Casserly(Mayor of Sligo), Cllr. Hubert Keaney (Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach); Tommy McSharry, Finbarr Filan, Amir Bashir.
Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8

Ciara Herity, manager of Sligo Volunteer Centre said: "We are delighted to see that this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade here in Sligo has adopted the theme of volunteering to help us celebrate Sligo's designation as European Volunteering Capital in 2017. It's a great opportunity to once again proudly showcase the work of volunteers from around the county. We are encouraging from across County Sligo to take part."

Sligo Business Improvement District (BID) is coordinating this year’s parade with Sligo County Council and its website is now live with application form details. There are also prizes up for grabs; 22 trophies will be awarded to participants in this year’s parade.

Gail McGibbon of Sligo BID said: “We are delighted this year to assist the Sligo St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, working alongside the steering committee and local community groups. With a focus on volunteering for this year, the parade will really highlight the spirit of Sligo through creativity, community engagement and civic pride.”

A launch of the parade on Friday last (Feb 24) was attended by the St. Patrick’ Day Parade Committee; Sligo mayor Cllr Marie Casserly; members of Sligo BID including Chairman Finbarr Filan; staff and volunteers from Abbott, official corporate partner to EVC 2017; senior members of Sligo Volunteer Centre and Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Hubert Keaney.

**For more information about how to enter the parade, please visit https://sligostpatricksday.com/ and download the registration form. Alternatively, you can email your registration form to info@sligobid.ie or drop in your form to the BID office at Abbey St Sligo.