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Monday 15 September 2014

A procession of colour and music

JOE LEOGUE

Published 22/03/2014 | 00:00

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Danny (8) with dad Stephen and Sammy McKirgan enjoying the Macroom St Patrick’s Day Parade. Picture: John Delea.

Local sporting hero Christina Desmond proved a popular Grand Marshal of the Macroom St Patrick Day parade, which saw a vibrant procession of colour, imagination and music on Monday.

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The entire town buzzed with the unique atmosphere of the national festivities, with, as well as the parade, market stalls and music while set dancers entertained the thousands who came to sample the atmosphere of the day.

Macroom's festivities extended beyond just a parade, and once again the town lived up to its reputation as a legendary place to ring in St Patrick's Day with an array of events across the bank holiday weekend.

There was an abundance of lively and varied musical styles playing to the crowds, with the Philadelphia Woodland String Band, Cor Godre'r Aran (Welsh Male Voice Choir), Ballingeary Pipe Band, Cullen Pipe Band, Bandon And District Pipe Band and St. Colman's N.S. Brass Band all taking part.

Thousands lined the streets as the parade unfolded, with the mild weather being a factor tht helped make this St Patrick's Day one of the best attended, and most colourful, for years.

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