Saturday 23 September 2017

From waltzing bears to medicine men on stilts: Macnas brings fantasy to life

FROM freakishly large waltzing bears to medicine men on stilts, workers putting the final touches to the annual Macnas parade are bringing their magical creatures to life, writes Caroline Crawford.

Hundreds of staff and volunteers have been working around the clock to ensure that the fantastical costumes and awe-inspiring creations are completed on time.

The Macnas parade, a highlight of the Galway Arts Festival, will take to the streets of the city tomorrow at 8.45pm with 'This Thunderous Heart'.

Organisers are predicting crowds of up to 60,000 for the event in the group's hometown.

Jane Gaffinin (46), from Huddersfield in England, came over to volunteer during the festival. She has been put to work on costumes and designs -- doing everything from stitching to sewing but resorting to glue on occasion.

"I've been doing a little of everything. It's quite long days especially for the lads making the bigger pieces," she said.

The costume makers have been busy weaving, knotting, crocheting and even pulling threads to give a lace effect in order to get the costumes just right.

'This Thunderous Heart' starts at the Spanish Arch, passes through Quay Street, High Street, Shop Street, William Street, Eglinton Street, Francis Street, Salmon Weir Bridge and ends at the Fisheries Field.

GALWAY FESTIVAL REVIEWS: PAGE 48

Irish Independent

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