All smiles for St. Patrick’s Day

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EVERYONE IS Irish on St. Patricks Day and in Cabo Roig more than 8,000 people lined the streets and turning the strip Green.

After a few wet days earlier in the week, the sun shone brightly on the Irish, with activities starting around noon, with music and entertainment provided by TKO Radio. This year’s parade was full of colour and spectacle, from marching bands, to Cowboys and Indians, Transformers, stilt walkers, Pirates of the Caribbean, classic cars and bikes, Irish Thatched cottages, carnival dancers and of course, St. Patrick leading the parade.

At three on the dot, a few words of welcome were given to the crowd from Parade Grand Marshall Eamon Scanlon, the Teachta Dála for the Sligo–Leitrim constituency, regular visitor Paudge Connolly from County Monaghan along with Orihuela mayor, Emilio Bascuñana, the deputy mayor, Rafael Almagro, and Councillors Sofia Alvarez and Luisa Bone. At 3:15pm it was time to start up the engines of over 30 custom motorcycles and a bevy of classic cars who performed two laps of honour to announce the start of the Parade proper before the Torrevieja pipes and drums led the way along with St. Patraick, dignitaries and the dozens of floats.

This year there were three prizes on offer along with the Donald Rafferty Trophy and a prize of 500 euro in cash. First prize went to the thatched cottage built by Leddy Contractors, followed by a few tiny builders handing out sweets to the crowd, followed by the Trinity cottage and the Cabo Roig Surfers with Sun Sea Adventures complete with mermaids. Director Paul Leddy was thrilled to win the first prize and donated the 500€ prize money to the Elche Children’s Home.

TKO Radio keep the music going after the parade and for the first time, the festival stretched into the following day with music played by local groups Streeters and Kolted kept the party going on Saturday evening. Congratulations must be handed out to the organising committee of Cabo Roig Traders Association who spent many months volunteering their time and putting the event together and are now looking for an even bigger and better event for 2018. Sláinte and Céad míle fáilte to one and all.

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