St Patrick’s Day parade in Orihuela Costa

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FOLLOWING the success of the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on the Orihuela Costa last year, the residents and traders in Cabo Roig have been working hard over the last few months to organise a bigger and better edition for 2012.

The afternoon of Saturday March 17 is when it will all happen with more than 300 participants and crowds of four thousand plus, expected on the route.

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Last year the Orihuela Coast became a sea of green and gold as Irish residents celebrated the day of their patron saint, St Patrick.

It was a fantastic spectacle, the likes of which have never been seen before on the Coast and this year, Orihuela’s Department of Tourism have announced that they will also be becoming involved, extending the original concept to include entertainment the evening before and on St. Patrick’s Night itself.

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Popular independent Monaghan Councillor, Paudge Connolly is just one of the Irish dignitaries who will be attending as Parade Marshall, while invites have been sent out to local and Irish politicians.

The parade will be led by none other than St. Patrick himself, along with the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums but the event will be started proper with a couple of circuits of the route by local Harley Davidson Bikers plus a cavalcade of vintage, classic, custom and American cars.

Local bars, restaurants and business are well represented and busy organising their own ‘floats’ to follow on route along with former members of the Irish Army, a pageant of beauty queens, a horse drawn carriage and much, much more, along with coastal residents from neighbouring urbanisations.

The proceedings start around 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon of March 17, with the display of cars and bikes.

They will then set off for a couple of tours around the route followed by the main parade starting at 4pm, on the almost two kilometre route.

The meeting point is just down the hill from the Cabo Roig roundabout and runs along to the main road to the Farmacia before returning along the strip parallel to the N332.

The parade will be finished in plenty of time for everyone to find a place in front of a TV screen to watch the action from Twickenham where England are playing Ireland in the Six Nations Rugby classic.

For more information about the parade, to take part or help out, please contact Brian on 667 314 676 or Brendan on 663 295 066.

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