Parades under way across Shannonside to mark St Patrick’s Day

The theme for this year’s parade in Ballaghadereeen is ”A town for all” to showcase a welcome for Syrian refugees coming to the town.

There’s music in the town ahead of the half past 2 start time.

Over 30 floats are already signed up for the parade in Fenagh, Leitrim, which begins at 2 o clock

Elphin’s parade begins at 3 o’clock with 1,000 euro on offer in prizes for the best entries.

Events in Ballintubber also begin at 3 o’clock with over 70 floats registered – the village is welcoming all families with plenty of entertainment for children.

Brazilian samba dancers are leading the parade in Boyle which begins at half past 3.

Both parades in Mohill and Ballinamore being at 4 o’clock – fresh from her appearance on Dancing with the Stars, Catherine Lynch is Grand Marshal in Mohill with the Longford Pipe Band leading the parade.

The people of Ballymahon are looking to the future with a ‘2067’ theme for all participants, events there begin at 4 o’clock sharp.

Motorists travelling through the areas where parades are taking place are advised of delays.