St Patrick’s Day Parades across Kildare

thE rain almost held off at the Newbridge St. Patrick’s Day parade last weekend but a few drops did little to dampen the spirits of those taking part as well as the spectators.

thE rain almost held off at the Newbridge St. Patrick’s Day parade last weekend but a few drops did little to dampen the spirits of those taking part as well as the spectators.

With 53 floats and groups entertaining the crowds, visitors travelled from Ocala, Florida and Bad Lippspringe in Germany, and hundreds logged on to watch the parade live at www.seeitlive.ie

“It was absolutely brilliant. It was bigger than ever. We had lot of variety with all the floats and we had over 40 visitors from Germany and six from Ocala. We had up to 300 people watching it live online and 400 to 500 hits on the site,” explained committee chairman, Cllr. Paddy Kennedy.

Crowds lined the streets and a great day was had by all. Cllr. Kennedy would like to thank everyone who took part in the event and those who made such a huge efforts with their entries and floats.

Television and radio presenter Brenda Donohoe was MC on the day. Cllr. Kennedy paid tribute to Mick Donohoe, Teresa Harrsion, Mick Deeley; Mayor of Newbridge, Damien Molyneaux; Karl Murphy, Aidan Duane and the many others who put in a huge effort to get the parade organised.

He also thanked Miley Wickham on music and sound, Ollie Kearns for the electrics, Town Clerk, Anne Greene, Tony McGlynn who organised he barriers and Martin Cavanagh for filming the event.

The crowds were also entertained by three guest musicians - Johnny Peters, Philip English and Heike Bailey.

The rain held off until the last 20 minutes of the event only mildly denting the eight year record of a rain free parade in Newbridge. With such colour, fun and flair on show, nobody minded.

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