St Patrick’s Day Parade success

St Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Megan Cassidy.			| Photos: Noel Browne

St Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Megan Cassidy. | Photos: Noel Browne

There were  over 60 entries in the Waterford City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in this, the city’s  1100th year.

The theme was ‘Past, Present and Future for Waterford’ and this catalysed much colour, music, dance  and variety.

Thousands lined the Quays and Mall to view the event which saw thousands from the voluntary sector participate.

Megan Cassidy, the locally born TV presenter was the Grand Marshal, arriving in a horse drawn carriage.

Children’s Group link were acclaimed as the winning overall entry, they had model planes boats and trains with Waterford Youth Arts having  the best community entry, again with great colour and variety. Both proved widely popular with the large crowd.

The Scouts won the best walking entry with huge troop turn outs from both the city and county, while Kango Dance won the Best Commercial entry.

Best  Marching Band were the City of Waterford Brass Band while St. Paul’s Community College displayed their restored Minis, one with a boot full of blaas!

Specially commended were the Igbo Community for their music singing and dance and the walking entry of Jules Rieffel College of St Herblain, whose students regularly visit Waterford.

Mayor John Cummins said that Waterford’s best days lie ahead and he looked forward to the future with confidence as he looked out upon the triclolour flag first  flown from 33 The Mall.

The Barrack Street Band led the parade, followed by the Army Colour Group contingent and then the Celtic Thunder group.

There was a high turnout from the county sports clubs and even the pylon protestors had an entry.

Martial arts groups also performed some fine fighting displays while Irish dancers including Richard Murray from Tramore, demonstrated their talents, providing the opening entertainment at the review stand on The Mall .

Reverent Waldron said the opening prayer, and this was followed by a rendition of ‘Ireland’s Call’ to mark Ireland’s Six Nations Championship victory. See inside for more photos!

Kieran Walsh

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