St. Patrick’s Parade 2016 in Waterford

St. Patrick's Day

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.

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St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

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The county’s cultural diversity was presented with a number of international entries. For the first time, members of the Ukrainian community took part.

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St. Patrick's Day

Members of the Filipino community, who won Best Community Float last year, returned with a new colourful creation.

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Three African communities participated in the parade this year.

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My favorites are the local theatrical groups, because the characters are interacting with the spectators during the march, and it is always fun.

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St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

 

Marching to his own beat 🙂

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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!

St. Patrick's Day

inesemjphotography Have a wonderful weekend!

112 comments

  1. What a wonderful parade, Inese, and a fantastic turn out of local people. The number of international entries was great to see, too. I loved all the happy, smiling faces and you captured their enjoyment of the day so well. It will be interesting to see which of the three towns wins the European capital of culture. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Millie! I love the community spirit of the parades. As to the hosting a capital of culture, I think they act as a region this time, not as separate towns.

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        1. It has been 11 years since Cork city had the title. Another four years will make it 15. I wouldn’t be surprised if they get it. The competitors are some Croatian cities.

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  2. Excellent gallery— It is even a huge celebration over here…
    There are many irish pubs … and, overall, it seems everyone wants to be part of it
    Great post, my friend. Love and luck of the Irish to you. Aquileana 💫

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    1. Thank you so much, Aquileana! Up until the 1970s, Irish law prohibited pubs opening on March 17. You can see an Irish man in my picture drinking water. I wish this day were alcohol-free. Thank you for stopping by! xx

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I didn’t focus on taking pictures of the spectacular side of the parade. They had a lot of very creative and very impressive stuff, and everything, but I went for taking pictures of people – it is what I usually do. Best of Irish Luck to you!

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  3. I really liked this photograph you took, Inese. Everyone looks joyous and the little one is adorable in the hat! 🙂
    We ate corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and celery yesterday at my son and DIL’s house. No photos but we have a lot of fun and played a game called, “Apples to Oranges.”
    Have a wonderful weekend, friend!

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    1. Thank you Robin! That woman with the baby looks like modern Madonna with The Child to me.
      Oh it is so fun that you had a St. Patrick’s day too 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend! xx

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    1. Thank you! People everywhere in the world started to celebrate the day 🙂 I like it, because it doesn’t really matter why, but rather how 🙂 Happy and jolly just because it is wonderful to feel happy 🙂

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  4. What a lovely post, Inese! And a Happy St Patrick´s Day! Wonderful pictures – I just love it when people don´t really know when they´re photographed 🙂 Have a great weekend! Huge hugs, Sarah 🙂

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  5. Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I grew up in NY, and my dad marched many times in NYC’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. He was a Sergeant with the NYPD. Living now in California, I miss NYC and its amazing vibe on St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂 Great photos!

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    1. Thank you Kevin! Next year I might post more pictures to show how spectacular are the parades. The floats, and the puppets, and all the fire trucks, and river rescue boats, and the mascots, costumes, dances and everything! 🙂

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  6. I had such a good time with this post, Inese, virtually partying with you and the parades. Your photos and narrative together always make me feel like i’m right there.
    Yesterday I wore my white shirt that has a huge bouquet of green sequin shamrocks sewn to one side of the front. It makes it out of the closet once a year. The Irish pub downstairs from my office was doing big business already by 11 a.m. They were so busy that they “limited” their food menu. (That was a new concept to me, for a restaurant to limit their menu right at lunchtime. But they still had what I planned to order.)
    Wishing you a happy St Patrick’s weekend, my friend. Mega green hugs! :mrgreen:

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    1. Thank you so much, Teagan! Glad you had some Irish atmosphere around on that day 🙂 There is a joke about Irish seven-course menu which is 6 pints and a potato 🙂 I wonder if your pub served that one 🙂
      Many hugs!

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      1. Haha! I think they probably did. Samuel Beckett’s — they have good food and the only fish-n-chips I’ve found in many years that I can eat (I’m allergic to eggs and everyone else has egg in their batter). Hugs again. :mrgreen:

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  7. Such fun to see all of this….I lived for many years in Boston (USA, Massachusetts) where there is a large community of Irish Americans and they, too, make a big deal of St. Patrick’s day…with the parade, the general merrymaking, etc. I used to drink a mug of green beer on that day, but I never went so far as to dye my hair green, like so many others did! Here we usually cook corned beef and cabbage to celebrate, so I did that yesterday, the 17th. I have often been told that St. Pat’s is mostly an Irish American thing, and that the “real” Irish in Ireland don’t celebrate it as much as we do. Your photos tell me differently! A nice treat to see, Inese!

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    1. Oh no, Cynthia, it is celebrated religiously, and all the streets are lined up for the parade. Big or small, the parade is highly supported by the locals. People are cheering their firefigters and river rescue teams, ambulances, schools, sport teams, and everything else. Everyone is in the streets 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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