Across the country towns and villages make final preparations for Saint Patrick's Day parades, but Ennis is a step ahead.

The Saint Patrick's Day parade organised by Ennis Chamber of Commerce takes place three days ahead of the national holiday,

As they say in Ennis, they're ahead of the rest.

Starting from the grounds of the courthouse, the parade went up Abbey Street, past the viewing stand at O’Connell Square, onto O’Connell Street and finishing on Carmody Street.

This year’s parade was bigger than the previous year, with twelve bands and over fifty five groups participating. Floats were sponsored by Aer Rianta, Golden Vale and the Old Ground Hotel.

The Galway street theatre group Macnas brought their twenty metre high Gulliver, as well as their mythical Fir Bolg.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 March 1993. The reporter is Gerry Reynolds.