SPRAOI – Source to Sea

SPRAOI 2017

As always, the three-days long festival culminates in a spectacular creative parade Sunday night. Every parade has a theme. Source To Sea is the theme for this year’s 25th anniversary Parade. It is all about River Suir.

SPRAOI 2017

I have written about River Suir on many occasions, and I know I will write again :).

River Suir is 185 km ( 115 mi) long with the average flow rate of 76.9 cubic metres per second –  and we love every drop of it! River Suir begins on the slopes of Devil’s Bit Mountain in County Tipperary and flows south to Waterford Harbour where she enters the Atlantic Ocean.

River Suir flows past many castles, and she has witnessed many bloody battles.

Snaking through the countryside, River Suir grows in size and beauty. She is a home to many creatures, real and mystical, and her secrets are well kept, some of them hidden in the thick of her islands.

Here is everything you need to know about River Suir – animals, fowl, fairies and humans living here since the world began.

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SPRAOI 2017

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It is literally raining on our parade, but the rain is not going to bring our spirit down.

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Heron is one of my Suir favorites. These birds are perfect for slow shutter speed shots since they can stay motionless for hours. This one has caught a rainbow trout and now is trying to swallow it whole.

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Some walking exercises after a great lunch.

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They have a heron here too. No fish eating demonstrations though.

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They even have an otter! I don’t have any picture of a live otter…

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Many floats represent fishing.

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And of course there is a fish. A gigantic Rainbow trout.

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This mechanical swan looks very real.

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An army of dragonflies and their Queen.

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SPRAOI 2017

And of course nothing of this would have happened without 200 artists and volunteers.

SPRAOI 2017

SPRAOI 2017

The Parade ended at a quarter to 11 pm concluded with firework finale which I never take pictures of. Fireworks are for watching.

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Thank you for visiting SPRAOI and River Suir!

www.inesemjphotography.comHave a wonderful weekend!

84 comments

    1. Thank you Dead D! I think I will post it Sunday, closer to the date 😉 Hope you a having a great time costume shopping and decorating. I have got myself a lovely black outfit, and my daughter supplied me with a fine hat. Getting ready 🙂

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      1. I shall be waiting with bated breath for your fine story! Halloween is my favorite day of the year — many thanks for your lovely wishes, Lady Inese. Have fun dressing up, and I’m sure you’ll be bewitching. 🌹

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  1. I for some reason came back to see your reply and couldn’t find my comment. Oops! I thought I mentioned the gorgeous theatrical costumes and floats. The heron in the stream and the goose getting ready for flight arrested my favorites, Inese. Sorry, dear I thought I left a comment. . . I love wildlife and birds, of course! 😉 Hugs, Robin 🐦🏵

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  2. Really enjoyed the blog! What a fabulous place to live! It looks like so much fun to see all the festivities. BTW, our Herons look something like yours, but are a lot bigger. I also love herons.

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  3. Just stunning! What an awesome finale! I love the colorful costumes and the floats! Everything looks so beautifully and hand-crafted! And kudos to all those who helped to make it happen! Thanks so much for sharing this, Inese! xxxxxxxxxxx ❤

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  4. I really like those cute animals hung from the trees. I think they make the place looks lively and a bit less intimidating. The festival look great and you are right the mechanical animals look quite real. I like to see them in actions.

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    1. I saw the toy animals on a tiny island. I don’t know the meaning, but it might be an offering to fairies. There were also many ribbons and handmade toys. It looks sort of like a Wish Tree. I have never seen such thing in any other place.

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