Pageantry, fireworks and a Beat on the Street as Ballina enjoys Mayo 5000 celebrations.

Mayo 5000 was a year long cultural celebration inspired by the surviving human imprint in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape.

The people of Ballina turned out in their thousands for one of the highlights of the Mayo Five Thousand Years celebrations. The 2FM Roadshow provided the fun for thousands of young people who crowded into the market square in Ballina for a three hour Beat on the Street. 

Before midnight, a crowd of around thirty thousand people packed along the banks of the River Moy to watch one of the highlights of Mayo 5000 in the form of a colourful pageant telling the county's history through the ages. It included the people of the Céide Fields, St Patrick, General Humbert and guest of honour President Mary Robinson.

The climax of the evening's entertainment was a spectacular fireworks display.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 July 1993. The reporter is Charlie Bird.