Wearing of green catches on in DLR

by Gazette Reporter
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THOUSANDS of people turned up to support their local Stepaside St Patrick’s Day Parade this week, with Olympic gold medal winner Ronnie Delaney acting as grand marshal, leading the participants out in an open-topped vintage car.
Of the colourful parade, a garda source said: “I walked the length of it, from Stepaside to Belarmine, and it was jammed. It was a wonderful success with no trouble.”
More than 60 groups took part in the second Stepaside parade, which started at 12.30pm and went on until 5pm. Some of the groups included Kilternan ICA and the organisers of the event, the Stepaside Business Association.
Representing Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council was An Cathaoirleach Marie Baker (FG).
Also at the parade was Cllr Neale Richmond (FG), who said: “It was excellent. There was a huge range of floats, many from local clubs, societies and local dance schools.
“They were really great and there were barbecues and music and people doing chips for cheap, so there was a bit of a street party atmosphere.”
Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) was also there on the day. She said:“It was an amazing success with people everywhere. We were more prepared and more organised in our second year [of the parade].
“We had tremendous support from the gardai – well over 20 of them were there.
“We had more than 60 participants, really highlighting the community at its best, and everybody was allowed in the parade whether they were a one-person act or they had 500. It was a real community parade for everybody.”
Meanwhile, in the city, a sea of green, white and orange poured through the streets of Dublin for the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade and festivities.
Approximately half a million people lined the city streets between Parnell Square and St Patrick’s Cathedral to witness the nation’s largest celebration.
This year’s parade adopted the theme of Celebrate Now, in recognition of Ireland’s contemporary arts and culture exploits.
Featuring bands and performers from around the world, this year’s procession was led by the grand marshal, comedian Brendan O’Carroll.
There was a remarkable buzz of excitement on everyone’s faces waiting for the parade to begin.
Hundreds of tourists coming to Dublin especially for the parade made sure to get a good vantage point, and also seemed to be praying for the weather to remain calm.
At noon on the dot, the Lord Mayor’s horse-drawn carriage started the parade, trailing behind St Patrick himself
Loud cheers then followed as O’Carroll and his wife, Jennifer Gibney, rode past in a vintage car, waving and shouting classic Mrs Brown’s lines that many know so well.
The day was soon brought to life by leading pageant companies from around the world, displaying some fantastic creations and thrilling performances, inspired by the present, which enthralled and excited the crowds.

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