GRAIGNAMANAGH prides itself on having one of the country’s biggest parades for a small regional town. This year was no exception with over 60 floats and some where between two and three thousand people lining the streets of the small town.
Michael Carey, in his twentieth year of co-ordinating the parade was delighted with the success of the event. He said “It went off fantastically, better than we had anticipated. The town did very well out of it with people staying around after wards having a bite to eat or a drink.”
The parade was led off at 12 am by a colour party from the 33rd Battalion of the reserve Defence force with the Kilkenny City district pipe band in tow providing a marching beat.
Following in the wake of the band were tractors, quad bikes, speed boats, motorcycles, vintage merc as well as floats from local businesses community and sporting groups.
The coveted prize of best overall float went to Graignamanagh regatta and rowing club for their display of hand made cots. The judges were impressed by the craftsmanship and the local links as the cots would have been used on the river barrow.
Other winners on the day included Maurice Kelly Borris who won the best commercial float, Murrays Bar in conjunction with GAA sponsored cycle to Dublin were awarded the most original float award, The most topical float was monks rock while Appletree farm montessori out did the army and scooped the best walking group. A final prize was awarded to the best vintage entrant, despite the presence of a convertible 1978 Mercedes Benz 280, the judges awarded the prize to small pony and cart.