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Thousands expected to attend parade

Published 13/03/2012 | 11:48

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Local children adding a huge splash of colour to the Swords St. Patrick's Day parade, which is expected to attract another huge crowd.

THOUSANDS of people are expected throng the streets of the county capital as Swords sees the return for the second year running of the Swords le Chéile St Patrick's Day Parade.

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The return of the parade last year, after an absence of several years, proved an enormous success with an estimate 15,000 people pouring into the centre of the town to soak up the festive atmosphere. This year, the parade will start out from the Dublin Road at noon and snake its way down Main Street (and not North Street) passing an official reviewing stand on the Main Street outside County Hall where the Mayor, among others, will watch the floats and marching bands pass by. Dozens of community groups and sports clubs from the area will be taking part this year, flanked by everything from stilt walkers and balloon modellers. A friendly invasion of vikings is also promised on the day, along with as a riot of colour and something for every member of the family to enjoy. The Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce is getting in on the act too and are urging local businesses to play their part by running special promotions to encourage those attending the parade to linger in the town long after the last float has crossed the finishing line. Swords Le Chéile is the group responsible for bringing back the parade to the county capital. The group represents a collection of key organisations in the area who have come together to look at new ways to involve the community of Swords in more public activities in the centre of the town. Working closely with Fingal County Council and the Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the organisation has breathed new life into the centre of the town – not only with the return of the St Patrick's Day Parade, but also with its now annual Christmas Festival in the county capital. The renewed St Patrick's Day parade is arguably the group's greatest success so far and the numbers turning up for last year's events exceeded everyone's expectations. To enjoy what has almost instantly become one of the largest St Patrick's Day events in the county, make sure to turn up nice and early to get a good spot to review all the fun, colour and spectacle of the 2012 Swords parade.

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