ONE of the most important dates of the year for the Orihuela Costa is just over a week away, and it promises to be more memorable than ever.
Next Saturday March 17 is St Patrick’s Day and Cabo Roig will once again be holding the biggest parade in mainland Europe in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.
The famous ‘strip’ will be turned into a sea of green for the day with the concentration of bars and restaurants opening at 10am, and music beginning an hour later.
Leading up to the parade – that starts at 2pm from behind the Cabo Roig strip – there will be a number of bouncy castles and face painting artists for the children mixed in with many other attractions that will make it a fun day out for all the family.
Heading the parade will be the Torrevieja Pipes & Drums alongside Jose Antonio Garcia Del who will be portraying St Patrick himself for the day.
In what has been seen as a major endorsement for the fame of the Orihuela Costa St Patrick’s Day Parade, former Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen will be leading the parade as the Grand Marshall.
He’ll be accompanied by former Irish government minister Frank Fahey and Martin Quinn, a past mayor of Galway.
The mayor of Orihuela and all of the councillors will also be attending this year’s parade and a special viewing stand will be erected to accommodate all the guests.
The parade promises to be one of the most colourful yet, with bands, floats (featuring many of the bars, businesses and organisations in the area), dancers and a number of different groups dressed in fabulous costumes. So, with entertainment getting underway at 11am, the parade at 2pm, the Ireland v England Rugby at 4pm, a spectacular firework display at 7.30pm and music on until 2am it’s going to be a long day which, for the first time will be shown on RTE TV in Ireland.