By Dan Walsh in Gorey
Ace photographer and community activist with Cycle Against Suicide, Joe Dixon is the Grand Marshal for the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Gorey on March 17th and he proudly accepted the honour at tonight’s launch held in Browne’s Lounge, The Parade, Gorey.
This will be the first parade since 2019 and Joe Dixon laughed as he declared himself “the longest serving Grand Marshal in the history of the Gorey parade” having had the title bestowed on him in 2020, but due to the Covid there was no parades since.
Joe told WexfordLocal.com that he feels “honoured, proud and delighted in taking on the Grand Marshal role” and he thanked the committee for selecting him. He will bring a positive and honourable feature to the parade by showcasing the frontline workers who braved the pandemic in the interest of the general public.
Cllr Pip Breen, Cathaoirleach Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council said the parade will be a spectacle starting at the ’98 monument, marching down the Main Street and concluding at the Review Stand in Esmonde St. “There will be sporting groups, three bands and a huge parade is expected,” he added.
Recently appointed District Manager Philip Knight is looking forward to “my first St. Patrick’s Day parade in Gorey” and he outlined that the Council is fully supportive of the occasion and every effort will be made to make it the best parade ever.
St. Patrick’s Day Committee Chairperson Michael Gleeson is excited about the forthcoming event. “It’s the first parade in three years. It will be great to have the crowds back and to see everybody enjoying themselves. We have the arrangements almost complete, but we could do with more volunteers on the day, so anybody out there who would like to help with the parade, or, indeed, take part in the parade, give us a call before March 7th and we’ll delighted to have you.”