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Thousands expected for Ballinrobe Christmas tractor parade

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LIGHTING THE WAY Main Street, Ballinrobe was lit up by tractors for last year’s parade.

Ciara Galvin

THOUSANDS are expected to line the streets for Ballinrobe’s third annual Christmas lights tractor parade.
Sponsored by McHale’s, a magical spectacle for young and old, 30 tractors will be decorated in a range of lights that will set the town glowing this Sunday evening, December 2.
Speaking to The Mayo News, organiser of the event, Richard Burke said it’s no surprise that there is, once again, huge interest in the event.
“We’ve had great crowds supporting this the last two years, and we expected another huge turnout from the community again. This year it’s great that children can get involved in the parade,” said Mr Burke.
The big attraction this year is a mini tractor parade which involves boys and girls decorating their pedal tractors and pedalling the final 120 meters in front of the main parade.
For the main parade there will be approximately 30 tractors lit up.
“This is the leading tractor parade in the west and arguably in the top two in the country.” said Burke, who was the brainchild behind the event.
The parade will be travelling through New Street, Cornmarket, Main Street and finishing in Abbey Street where all the tractors can be viewed.
“There will be lots for kids to see and do in Abbey Street at the end of the parade with a bouncy castle, mobile pet farm and numerous other activities. Our advice to people attending is to get in early, park legally so as not to block the parade, sample our tremendous restaurants and enjoy the evening,” he said.
People travelling through the town on Sunday evening are advised to take into consideration a short delay from 5.15pm to 6pm while the parade is taking place.
Due to safety reasons there are only a small number of slots still left for children wanting to take part in the mini tractor parade, for entry to this and the tractor parade contact Ballinrobe Christmas tractor lights parade on Facebook or call Richard Burke on 087 2043504.

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