Two trends regarding St Patricks Day in Ireland have become obvious to me over the last couple of years.
The first one is that the 21st century has started to produce parades in virtually every and any little town and village.
Everybody wants to have their own shot at hosting their very own parade. Even if it covers barely a quarter of a mile and is all over in ten minutes. Why?
I think it's because of the second trend that I see- these days pretty much anything goes on St Patricks Day in Ireland. As you will discover on the photos below, parades still feature some of the obligatory items such as marching bands and kids playing the tin whistle, but there is a general acceptance now of St Paddys Day parades being an opportunity for self-expression.
Have a look here and see what self-expression Galway, Ireland has come up with!
Street art is big in Galway. Galway's own street theatre group Macnas, famous for their Arts Festival Parades feature at every parade with drums and street action. This street artist is fulfilling a long harboured wish- to order the Gardai (police) around!
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The Galway Hooker boat, a big Galway symbol.
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Positive visualisation on behalf of this Camogie team. Reading the banner made me smile.
The cuteness factor. As every sports club wants to be present and visible in the parade, they bring out the sweetest tots.
Galway Community Circus put on an impressive display. Incredible, the kind of stuff even kids can learn to do!
Charities, too, contribute to the parade, to raise awareness and much needed funds.
The Claddagh symbol, one of the big Galway symbols. No parade is complete without it!
Dressing up and face painting in Galway is very easygoing, anything goes really. Come as you feel comfortable. This town is pretty informal.
The Irish Traveller Movement showcasing an antique travellers waggon at the parade, a piece of nostalgia.
Some tractors, too. Well, anything goes...
...and a vintage car...followed by Tom Duffy's Circus who are currently in town...
...and throw in a dragon for good measure!
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This is what the old parades looked like, the ones you saw twenty years ago. It used to be ALL kids playing the tin whistle!
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