THE sun shone brightly on thousands of locals who lined the streets of Dundalk for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade. The festival, which was bigger than ever before, has been hailed as a huge success.
The hard work of Dundalk’s St Patrick’s Day committee who were busy planning the celebrations over the past few months paid off on Saturday last when Dundalk residents painted the town green.
Spectators got into the spirit of the occasion by dressing in green, wearing leprechaun hats, donning shamrocks, waving tricolours, and painting their faces. Many even went as far as to dye their hair green.
The spectators cheered and waved excitedly as family and friends who were taking part in the parade passed by. There was also a stunning array of colourful and creative floats created by local groups, schools and organisations.
Sporting clubs, dance groups, traditional Irish bands, marching bands and other local clubs and societies were among those who took part in the parade, which started at 1pm on Saturday, March 17.
The theme for the festival this year was ‘Land of Legends…and Full of Life’, which is based around the Irish legend of the Tain. The Grand Marshalls were Queen Meabh and Cuchulainn.
After the parade, Dundalk put on a variety of entertainment for all ages. A blue grass band performed on the newly re-developed Market Square, followed by a ceili and set dancing as well as Dundalk Brass band and a Polish Folk Group.
There were also food and craft stalls set up at the Square, and bouncy castles and family entertainment in the Demesne area. Adding some drama to the town centre, the courthouse building was floodlit in green at night over the weekend.