A Yeats themed parade will take place on Sunday 22nd March in Gort, Co. Galway. It is promising to be a great event with involvment across the community from commercial, school and sporting groups.
Local businesses participating include; Gort Credit Union, The Gallerie Café, Colm Farrell Auctioneers with a model of Thoor Ballylee and cottage, The Lady Gregory Hotel and Burren Nature Sanctuary Kinvara promoting their Good Friday “Chicken Run”.
Pupils of Kiltartan National School will depict “Nine and Fifty Swans” while two pupils from Peterswell National School will parade as “Me & Nu”. A group from the Kiltartan area will parade as Major Robert Gregory and “Kiltartan’s Poor”. Local voluntary organisations are also playing their part with involvement from Gort Lions Club, Rugby Club, Gort Library, Coole Music, Burren Lowlands, Active Retirement, South Galway Athletic Club, Busy Bees Creche and No Name Club.
The Wild Swan Theatre Company will depict famous literary characters from The Abbey Theatre. The Swan Visual Arts Project and Orchard Centre supported by Burren Lowlands and Galway Rural Development will parade with their 4 swans under the direction of Shona McGillivray of The Art Box.
Among the sporting groups will be Gort Community School basketball team recent winners of the All Ireland and League competitions. Gort Hurlers with the County Cup have been invited. A Limerick group will cycle on their High Nellies. It is expected that there will be the usual good number of vintage cars and tractors participating.
The Parade will start with the blessing of shamrock immediately after 12noon Mass and its distribution to an army Colour Party of 1st Battalion, Renmore Barracks who will lead the parade. Joint Grand Marshalls, W B Yeats (Colm Farrell) and Lady Gregory (Ellen Keane) will be brought in a carriage drawn by two white horses.
Marching bands taking part are St Patrick’s Pipe Band, Tulla and St Ita’s National School Band, Loughrea.
There will be prizes in various categories. This year there will be special prizes for The Best Spectators Costumes (male & female) of the early 1900’s period. There will also be a prize for the Best Shop Window Display.
Music after the parade will be provided by Tamlin and Gaillimh Theas Comhaltas while Gort Set Dancers will also be on stage.
There will be an exhibition of threshing and vintage display on The Square. The Tug-O War will take place in the Canon Quinn Park at 3pm.
Full information from the YeatsGalway2015 website.