Updated: 16/03/18 : 07:18:08
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Wrap up well for St Patrick's Day Parades

As Sligo begins a weekend of festivities crowned by several parades across the county people are being advised to wrap up well as St Patrick is focusing his attention on bringing very cold weather to the region.

Met Éireann said Saturday would be cold and breezy, with afternoon temperatures of 1-3 degrees forecast in the east and up to 6 degrees in the west.

Wintry showers are forecast in the east and south of Ireland, and temperatures could fall as low as minus 4 degrees on Saturday night.

According to the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), parades are worth about €200,000 to places like Sligo town as families spill into the town from the rural hinterland and the pubs expected to do a roaring trade.

There are six parades planned for County Sligo with Sligo Town spectacle getting underway at 12 noon from Mail Coach Road with the reviewing stand at Hyde Bridge where dignitaries and judges will be treated to individual displays by parade participants. See parade route below.

This year, Sligo Town's parade is celebrating The Year of the Woman, fitting for the birth county of Countess Markievicz, the first woman elected to the House of Commons. The bucket collection proceeds being donated to Sligo Social Services.

Several marching bands, including some from north of the border, will take part on the day.

In Enniscrone the start time for the parade is 1pm with all taking part assembling at The Diamond Coast Hotel.

The popular Grange parade in north Sligo starts at 2pm with south Sligo's Easkey Parade getting underway at 3pm starting at St James' car park.

Ballymote starts at 3.30pm with Dromore West at 4pm and followed by Aclare at 4.30pm.

Other events in Sligo Town include a Intercultural Forum in the Methodist Hall on Wine St where dancing, music, food and children's fun runs from 12.30 - 3.30pm.

The Global Kitchen event takes place at The Model from 3-6pm

Sligo Town Parade Route

More updates to follow...