On March 17, Pattaya will see the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade taking place along Beach Road.
The idea for the parade came from the management of the Freedrop Bar, located opposite the Asia Hotel on Pratamnak Hill, and in collaboration with City Hall and the Father Ray Foundation this first parade will hopefully become an annual event.
The parade will start at 1.30pm at Soi 4, and then travel along Beach Road to Walking Street. From there it will turn left on South Pattaya Road and again turn left on Second Road before ending at Alcazar Theatre.
All Irish bars, non-Irish bars and all other businesses in Pattaya are invited to decorate a float or pick-up truck and join the parade. Registering each float will cost just 5000 baht, and whilst the St. Patrick’s Day Parade promises to be another day of fun for the residents and tourists of Pattaya there is also a serious side to the parade.
The money raised from sponsorship and float registration will be donated to two local charities, the Fountain of Life and the Father Ray Foundation. Both charities have strong Irish connections, with Sister Joan of the Fountain of Life coming from the village of Dunmore in County Galway, whilst the grandparents of Father Ray Brennan came from the counties of Mayo and Kerry.
In the evening of the March 17, and following the Parade, the charity auction will be held at the Freedrop Bar.
For more information about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and registering your float, or if you have any items you would like to donate for the auction, call Derrick at the Freedrop Bar on 087 613 5797.
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