Wearing of the green

by Ian Begley

Lucan donned the national colours this St Patrick’s Day for its 25th annual parade with over 8,000 onlookers and 1,700 participants.
This year 33 local groups marched from Tesco Lucan up to Lucan Village where local performers, clubs and community groups showcased the town of Lucan.
Parade chairperson Peter Brady told the Gazette that the day was a “phenomenal success”.
“Everyone who came out for the parade seemed to really love the festivities and the performances that took place on the day. Everything was really top notch and the local concert bands were unbelievable.”
Meanwhile, a sea of green, white and orange poured through Dublin for the annual St Patrick’s Day parade and festivities.
About half a million people lined the city streets 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 Grand Marshal Brendan O’Carroll.
There was a remarkable buzz of excitement donned on everyone’s faces in anticipation for the parade to begin.
Visitors who came 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 kicked off the parade, trailing behind St Patrick himself. Loud cheers then followed as Brendan O’Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney rode past in a vintage car.
The day was soon brought to life by leading participants from around the world, displaying some fantastic creations and thrilling performances, inspired by the present, which enthralled and excited the crowds.
Amidst the colourful pageantry, bands from the USA, Mexico, Germany and Ireland delivered uplifting scores and inspiring rhythms. This spectacular procession then took its way through the heart of Dublin city, bursting with colour and theatrics.
Local celebrations also took place in various towns and villages across Dublin, including Clondalkin, Dun Laoghaire Blanchardstown, and Swords.

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