Update 5pm: :
Sligo town parade results:
Best parade theme award went to the Riverside Hotel.
Industrial and commercial award: Kool Kids.
Arts and culture award: Indian Association of Sligo.
Schools Cup: Ursuline college.
National school award to Gael Scoil Sligo.
Sports award: Coolera Strandhill.
Youth section: Silver Star Gymnastics
Leitrim parades will dominate alot of the afternoon festivities.
While Bundoran and Ballymote start in the next half an hour.
Dromahair (4:30pm), Manorhamilton (5pm) and Drumkeerin (6:30pm) all get underway a little later this evening.
The Drumkeerin parade starts at half past six and is being organised by the Drumkeerin Youth Cafe.
Local Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Bohan says it’s to raise funds for the old courthouse where their activities are based:
Some of the winners at the parades have been announced.
In the Donegal town parade winners included:
Best Business: Harvey’s Point
Best Community: Donegal Town Railway Heritage Centre
Best School: Scoil an Linbh Iosa Killymard
Best Band: Killaghtee Accordian Band
Updated 12 noon:
A number of St. Patrick’s Day parades in the region are celebrating the theme celebrating 100 years since women have been able to vote.
One of the biggest parades in the region in Sligo town is getting underway:
Hundreds of people are attending the event which will of course mean the usual traffic restrictions in and around the town for the next couple of hours.
Mayor of Sligo, Fine Gael Councillor Hubert Keaney says this year’s theme celebrates women:
Today’s parade in Donegal town got underway at 1pm:
It’s a similar theme of celebrating 100 years since women got the vote in Bundoran where the parade gets underway at 3:30pm.
Shane Smyth, Tourism officer in Bundoran and one of the organisers of the parade outlines some of the highlights there: