PARADE A HIT ONCE AGAIN
Thirty years on and interest in the Ballon St. Patrick’s Day Parade shows little sign of abating. The 29th renewal of the event, (it was called off in 2001 as a prevention against the spread of Foot and Mouth disease) held on the national Feast Day, saw large crowds line both sides of the route from The Garage Cross to Ballykealey Lane to be entertained by the various floats, walking groups or vintage cars and machinery.
The parade started at the Land League Gates and took thirty-five minutes to pass the reviewing stand in the centre of the village. On the platform were Very Rev. Brendan Howard PP, Rev Lester Scott, and Cllrs. John Murphy, Willie Quinlan and Charlie Murphy along with various members of the organising committee. Martin Barry acted as MC.
The parade was led through the village by members of ONE and St. Patrick (AKA John Kelly).