As people are now aware, the bar owners, whose pubs provide the float attractions for the Portaferry Gala float parade, approached the Gala Committee about moving the Floats to Saturday afternoon. This request was submitted towards the end of last year at the Gala AGM. As a new committee was only being elected, they requested more information and time to discuss the matter.
The new Committee was again approached in January of this year, with the same proposal. The committee listened to the reasons for the change, discussions took place on the pros and cons of the move, but as the Pub Owners were determined to move to Saturday, the committee voted to go along with the request and support it.
However, following the EGM on Wednesday 4th of April, representation was made, on behalf of the same owners, to move the Float Parade back to Friday night. The new Directors voted to go along with this request, and so Float Night 2018 will now take place on Friday July 20th 2018.
We apologise to those who may have booked leave or accommodation, based on the published day of Saturday, but as the pubs do supply the floats, there was little the Directors of the Portaferry Gala Festival could do. The alternative would have been to cancel the event altogether.