Usually we go to our local village parade on St Patrick’s Day; but this year we decided to go somewhere different and took the short drive to Trim. Well I say short drive; we had to bypass our local village as the parade had started there and the roads were blocked, then we had to bypass Athboy as their parade had started and the roads were blocked. So the so-called “short journey” now turned into a longer-than-expected one. Ah not to worry, it’s Paddy’s Day and we were out to enjoy every minute of it.
People like to make the effort by celebrating everything Irish and wearing as much of the traditional colours as possible.
We sadly missed the ‘daft raft race’, but we were in time to witness the mayhem of the ‘soap box race’. First were the little drivers.
After the little ones had finished it was all change to a steeper track and this is where the true carnage began as the adults had a go.
The guy in the canoe was hilarious as he sped down the hill with no brakes, he reached the bottom and just carried on and nearly ended up in the river. I suppose he was in the right equipment for a dip.
After the racing it was time to head into the town centre for the parade. To start the parade is the blessing of the Shamrock. It is believed that St Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish as he tried to convert them to Christianity. The Shamrock has 3 leaves; and he used this to explain the belief of “One God, in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”.
Meanwhile the crowds gather and wait patiently for the parade.
Towering above the crowds are all the little ones on their parents shoulders getting a giants view on the whole proceedings. I remember those days with fond memories.
The parade consists of local groups, people and businesses. It’s a great day to support your community and learn what actually happens in the area.
I actually love the sound of brass bands. There were a lot in Yorkshire when I was growing up, which mainly consisted of employees from the local coal mines. If you ever get the chance to watch a film called ‘Brassed Off’ this will explain it all. Anyway I digress…
Colourful characters of the parade
We were entertained by the local dance school in their colourful Irish Dancing Dresses. I would love to take up Irish dancing, looks great fun.
Some of the local businesses had created some artistic ways of taking part.
This young lad brought my thoughts back to when I was growing up and punks were the norm.
Due to the economic situation of Ireland over the last few years, the roads in the countryside are in a desperate state, so someone decided to make a silent protest in the parade. Here’s hoping…
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Trim St Patrick’s Day Parade as much as we did and I would like to wish all my readers a belated “happy St Patrick’s day”.