As the second year in a row without a St Patrick's Day parade approaches, one town in Donegal is appealing to its diaspora, or anyone with a connection to the town, to send a short video for a special celebration of the national holiday on Facebook.

Discover Bundoran is planning to broadcast a series of vintage parades from years gone by on its Facebook page on 17 March.

In place of the real-life parade, which normally kick starts the tourist season in the seaside town, people will be able to watch past parades held from 1987 to 2019. 

The organisers are putting out an appeal for the "Bundoran Abroad" to take part on the day too.

Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth said the parade footage will also be interspersed with special St Patrick's Day performances from Bundoran musicians and artists starting at 3pm on St Patrick's Day. 

The town's St Patrick’s Day Parade director, John O’Connell, said: "We are very excited to have this opportunity to virtually connect with the wider Bundoran community around the world and join together in celebrating St Patrick’s Day.

"Hopefully everyone will have the opportunity to visit us again in person as soon as it is safe to do so."


From the Archives: St Patrick's Day Bundoran 1987