This picture is my personal favorite. I took it in a small town a couple of years ago. Proud mother and her beautiful baby daughter, surrounded with their family, are standing in the crowd of spectators during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the first such Parade for the baby.
St. Patrick’s Day parade features everything Irish. It is a wonderful spectacle of marching bands and dancers, schools and community groups, and various floats, that include local businesses, artists, firefighters and many others.
This year, almost 60 parades and many more cultural events and festivals took place throughout the country. The main National Parade in Dublin city attracted more than 500,000 spectators
To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, some of the parades include the re-enactments of the events.
Waterford City was the first city to declare St Patrick’s Day a national holiday, and to entirely suspend business on the day. Before 1903 St Patrick’s Day was not a national holiday in Ireland.
The theme of this year’s parade in Waterford city was ‘Three Sisters 2020: Celebrating Waterford’s Cultural Diversity’. The Three Sister’s bid sees Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford in a joint initiative to become European Capital of Culture 2020. The annual parade was accompanied by various street performances and other cultural activities throughout the day.
The county’s cultural diversity was presented with a number of international entries. For the first time, members of the Ukrainian community took part.
Members of the Filipino community, who won Best Community Float last year, returned with a new colourful creation.
Three African communities participated in the parade this year.
My favorites are the local theatrical groups, because the characters are interacting with the spectators during the march, and it is always fun.
Marching to his own beat 🙂
Evolution themed SPRAOI float is leaving the parade, and the spectators are leaving too, but the celebration is not over.
In addition to the parade, a series of events are staged in the city centre, featuring entertainment from local bands, amusement rides and a treasure hunt.
This year, about 60 different communities were presented in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Waterford City. Thank you for taking part!
Have a wonderful weekend!