Top-hat of the morning to St Patrick’s celebrations!

St Patrick’s Day was celebrated with colour and flair around County Kildare last Thursday.

St Patrick’s Day was celebrated with colour and flair around County Kildare last Thursday.

Over 10,000 people turned out to see the parade in Newbridge ans firemen and policewomen from the States brought an international falvour to the event, along with a Eurovision-themed float from Germany.

50 floats entered the Clane Parade, and this was followed by entertainment at the GAA Centre through the evening.

Soldiers took to the streets of a sunny Monasterevin, as members of the Lord Edward’s Own Reenactors delighted the crowds with their historical fighting gear and their full-scale replica tank

Athy saw its biggest ever turnout for the parade with several thousand people lining the streets, and 42 floats and groups marched through the town. Up North, the Kilcock Business Association held a duck race on the canal after the town’s parade, which attracted a good number of entries.

The streets were jammed with people in Maynooth and Celbridge. 42 entries paraded through Maynooth and Celbridge saw 12 floats and four bands take to the streets.

For all the colourful photos and reports from all the parades, see this week’s Leinster Leader, in the shops now!