21 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE main focus of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities this year was centred upon Oram where the organisers of the parade, which was led by country singer ‘Big Tom’ McBride, who was also joined by singer Declan Nerney, and a third local showband leader, Paddy King, was described as the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world!.
The 300-metre stretch between Rooney’s Shop in the village and the local community hall took the marchers just five minutes to complete—but the parade, which had attracted bands and floats from both sides of the border, took more than a half-hour for the “move past” on its colourful mini-journey from the first float point to the finish.
Key-organiser Pierce Fox said that next year they hope to have someone from the Guinness Book of World Records present so that they can get the village a well deserved place in the record books.!
Hundreds of country music fans, some of whom had travelled from overseas, were greeted by singer Big Tom in his home village during day-long festive celebrations which followed the parade.
A very enjoyable programme followed the parade at the Oram Sports Centre.

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