Plans for major band parade prompts concern

April 3, 2017

A parade in which up to 84 bands are expected to take part, has prompted concerns among businesses and residents in Newry, MP Mickey Brady has claimed.

The event is being organized by the Loyal Sons of Benagh Flute Band to be held in Newry city on Friday 21st April.

Mr Brady says he has been contacted by local residents who have been told that 84 bands and 4,000 people are expected to take part in the parade.

Stating that the proposed parade will lead to “major inconvenience”, Mr Brady said: “Myself nor the residents are trying to inhibit the right of those organising this band parade to celebrate their culture, but we do believe that they are not respecting the rights of the residents and businesses.

“This band parade is not welcomed by the majority of local residents and negatively impacts on the local business community.  Past experiences have shown the way that local residents are placed in ‘lock down’ mode, major traffic disruption and gridlock takes place throughout the city and local businesses suffer.”

Mr Brady says Sinn Fein has an obligation to act on behalf of residents and businesses that have brought the issue to its attention and that representatives have contacted the Parades Commission regarding those concerns. He is encouraging any residents, political and community representatives who share his concern to contact him or the Parades Commission.