20,000 at parade

by Gazette Reporter
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THE biggest ever parade in Fingal was held in Swords earlier this week, as more than 20,000 people flocked from across Dublin to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
The parade saw more than 2,000 participants march through the streets of Swords and was briefly featured on a special St Patrick’s Day parade report on RTE News on Monday night.
The fine weather attracted large crowds of people, with Fingal County Council confirming that crowds exceeded the numbers attending in previous years.
The parade was led by the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG) down the Main Street of Swords at midday, followed by 90 minutes-worth of bright colours, unusual floats and the sound of samba drums.
Cllr Dennison said: “It was a great experience and there was a fantastic crowd. It was a great family occasion and a great opportunity for families to get out and see a parade.
“As mayor, I was really impressed with how well it was organised and how much everyone enjoyed it.
“I would like to thank all the volunteers and council staff who gave up their time in the run-up to the parade and in the clean-up afterwards. I would also like to thank Michael Dawson, chief executive of One4all, who was grand marshall,” he said.
A spokesperson for the council said the parade was a “huge success” and the good weather was a contributing factor.
The spokesperson added: “The [bank holiday] weekend festivities went very well, with everything running smoothly.”
The council said there were no extra clean-up costs following the parade, as the clean-up was completed as part of scheduled planned works.
“We would like to thank the Fingal Volunteer Centre, all the community groups and volunteers from the various clubs who participated in the event.
“Also, thanks to the Garda and Civil Defence for keeping us all safe on the day,” said the spokesperson.

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