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St Patricks Day in Trim – 17/03/14

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.

A young girl proudly wearing her Irish wig.

A young girl proudly wears her Irish wig.

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.

The fun starts

The fun starts

The thrill of 'The Uncle Beater'

The thrill of ‘The Uncle Beater’

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.

Now for the big kids

Now for the big kids

The need for speed

The need for speed

Even canoes have wheels

Even canoes have wheels

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”.

Blessing of the Shamrock

Blessing of the Shamrock

Meanwhile the crowds gather and wait patiently for the parade.

Just a waiting game

Just a waiting game

Leprechaun entertains the crowds

Leprechaun entertains the crowds

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.

On the shoulders of giants

On the shoulders of giants

The parade arrives

The parade arrives

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.

The band begins to play

The band begins to play

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…

No head for music

No head for music

Concentration

Concentration

Colourful characters of the parade

Colourful characters

Colourful characters

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.

Irish dancers

Irish dancers

Some of the local businesses had created some artistic ways of taking part.

Franzinis invite Alice and friends to tea.

Franzinis invite Alice and friends to tea.

Summerhill Lawns let their oompalumpas out for the day

Summerhill Lawns let their oompa loompa out for the day

This young lad brought my thoughts back to when I was growing up and punks were the norm.

Irish hair

Irish hair

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…

Banish the potholes

Banish the potholes

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”.

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