Saturday 21 April 2018

Weekend packed with colour and creativity

Sarah Dempsey, Molly Comish, Ethan Connolly, and Ríanna Lyons with Junior Musicals and Mermaid Arts
Sarah Dempsey, Molly Comish, Ethan Connolly, and Ríanna Lyons with Junior Musicals and Mermaid Arts

Mary Fogarty

Friday evening saw the opening of Bray's 10th annual St. Patrick's Festival with a fireworks display over the harbour walls.

It was a chilly evening but that did not stop the masses of spectators arriving to view the display, which could be seen from as far away as Howth.

The Funfair also opened on Friday evening just in time for the Fireworks.

The sun was shining then on Sunday morning when over a hundred children went down to The Boathouse Céilí Breakfast on the seafront. Again dancers from Berry Dance Academy gave a helping hand to teach the youngsters a jig or two, after a morning of jumping around and kicking their legs in the air they were treated to a juice and breakfast roll compliments of The Boathouse.

Other events over the weekend included a performance by Bray Comhaltas at Mermaid Arts Centre, with the brilliant parade to finish off proceedings on Monday.

Over 40 groups participated this year making it the largest to date. There was a large number of bands and dance troupes ensuring the crowd was well entertained.

The Grand Marshall this year was Karl O'Broin, St. Cronan's teacher and Lions Club secretary. Karl waved to everyone from the top of a bus as he led the parade, with St. Cronan's boys particularly happy to see Mr. O'Broin in the parade. The club also had their own 'lion' on board the bus.

Artastac and Signal Arts Centre brightened up the parade with their colourful costumes while the Laramie and Kelly Walsh High School Choir from Wyoming filled the spectators' ears with Irish American folk songs.

A panel of judges decided which participants would win on the day, with the Laramie and Kelly Walsh High School Choir the overall winner.

Best community went to Lakers Sports & Recreational Club, Best Band to Stackstead Boomerange Band from the UK and Best Art & Exhibition to Signal Arts Centre.

Best Sports went to Bray Emmet's GAA Club while Best Open went to Classic American Cars.

Awards will be presented at a special reception in the Town Hall on Thursday March 27.

'The parade was our largest to date and had more floats, colour and music than ever before,' said Chairman of the St. Patrick's Festival Committee Mick Glynn. 'We were very lucky with the great weather which attracted record numbers.'

Bray People