Ballincollig parade wants you to make a difference

Plans for one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the county are already well underway as the Ballincollig Business Association (BBA) gears up for its 11th annual parade. The organisation committee has put a call out clubs, schools and community groups to get involved and get creative. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Making a Difference’, which acknowledges the difference each and every one of us can make in our communities and the wider world. With so much focus on climate change, it’s worth highlighting how making small differences in our everyday lives can help save our environment.

Emer Cassidy, Chairperson of the BBA said, “Every year the Ballincollig Parade Committee puts a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm into putting on a fantastic event. It’s an amazing way for groups, clubs and schools to express their creativity and come together to celebrate as a community. “We’re hoping that this year’s theme will get people thinking about different ways they can tell their own stories about making a difference. Whether that’s using the opportunity to demonstrate how they volunteer in the community or maybe even using recycled materials for the entry, there’s plenty of scope to really bring the theme to life in different ways.” Cassidy added, “Not only is it a great day for the town itself but surrounding areas also have the opportunity to enter the parade or even just come into town to watch and avail of the atmosphere as there are many towns that don’t have a parade. It’s important to highlight that our parade would not be possible without the support of Cork City Council, Dell EMC, Oriel House Hotel and all our other sponsors who continued contribution ensures every year is a success. Over the past few years, we’ve had upwards to 15,000 people attending the parade each year and we wouldn’t be expecting anything less this year”.

To apply and take part please email or call 086 055 1991 before Friday, 28th February 2020. Those who wish to steward can also make enquiries via the above email and phone number.