Thousands expected out for North West parades today

Thousands of people are expected out today for the St. Patrick’s Day parades in the North West and around the country.

The first of the parades is starting at noon in Sligo town followed by a lunchtime parade in Donegal town at 1pm and 2pm parades in Grange, Ballyshannon and Killybegs.

Ballymote and Bundoran parades are at half three with Dromahair the first of the evening parades at half four followed by Manorhamilton at five o’clock and Drumkeerin at half six.

Shane Smyth, Tourism officer in Bundoran and one of the organisers of the parade there says for the first time this year they have registered people coming to the parade online: