usual the Portaferry gala culminated in the town's annual float parade, this
mostly involves the local bars, who produce "floats" which parade
through the town, in the hope of the winning the coveted "Portaferry
Po".......(Don't ask !) there is also a prize for the "non pub"
float which usually goes to one the of the local youth groups who produce
their own floats each year, as do the residents of the area of the Ballyblack
Road. In between the Floats are various local Marching Bands, who compete
for their own awards including best dressed band.
are pictures of the winning Float for 1997...which sees the Po leaving Cleary's
bar and heading down to the Coach Inn from whence it came last year........
Television's Frank Mitchell holds the famous Portaferry Po.
1997 the winning Float depicted the "Hand-over of Hong Kong"
here for a look at the other 1997 Gala Floats