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.
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.
It is literally raining on our parade, but the rain is not going to bring our spirit down.
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.
Some walking exercises after a great lunch.
They have a heron here too. No fish eating demonstrations though.
They even have an otter! I don’t have any picture of a live otter…
Many floats represent fishing.
And of course there is a fish. A gigantic Rainbow trout.
This mechanical swan looks very real.
An army of dragonflies and their Queen.
And of course nothing of this would have happened without 200 artists and volunteers.
The Parade ended at a quarter to 11 pm concluded with firework finale which I never take pictures of. Fireworks are for watching.
Thank you for visiting SPRAOI and River Suir!
Have a wonderful weekend!