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Saturday 16 December 2017

East Wall: Hot dogs, floats and fun for Fourth of July

Craig and Jay Jay Buckley who will be designing flags for the 4th July parade
Craig and Jay Jay Buckley who will be designing flags for the 4th July parade

St Patrick's Day might be just around the corner but the residents of East Wall have July 4, in their sights.

A massive Fourth of July parade is planned by the East Wall Recreation Centre, with hot-dogs, floats and classic American cars all making an appearance.

"Everyone in East Wall knows someone in America because of the recession," said Anthony O'Callaghan, chairperson of the centre.

"We wanted to do something this year, we have our events at Halloween and Christmas.

"We've been in touch with the American Embassy here about it and we hope that we might get the ambassador down or a delegate," he added.

It is hoped that approximately 1,600 will take part in the parade and also that other local groups, such as East Wall Youth or the Sean O'Casey Community Centre will come on-board.

There will be face-painting as well on the day but no fireworks are planned. The parade and party will run from 2pm to 6pm.

It is hoped to start making the floats and costumes in early April.

The younger children in the recreation centre will be in charge of creating special American flags for the event.

Mr O'Callaghan said that the centre is calling on any groups, local businesses or volunteers to take part in the parade.

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