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Sunday 27 May 2018

Celebration of 'mystical and magical' west

A young performer taking part in the Samhain parade in Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes
A young performer taking part in the Samhain parade in Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes

Daniel Grey

An 'old man from the islands' was the central character in this year's Samhain parade in Galway.

The largest free event in the west of Ireland, the annual Macnas parade followed through the fictional story of the man with a 'magical vision', which was unleashed on the streets of Galway yesterday.

More than 40,000 lined the streets for the hauntingly beautiful parade, which celebrated all that is mystical and magical about the west.

Performers from the Macnas Young Ensemble, Youth Ballet West, the Young Macnas Drummers, the community Macnas Ensemble, the Hit Machine and many more helped make the vision a reality.

The parade will travel to Dublin to perform at the Bram Stoker Festival today.

Irish Independent

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