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Christy Switzer Drum Major from St John's Pipe band Tralee.
Christy Switzer Drum Major from St John's Pipe band Tralee.
St. Patrick's day Parade in Tralee Co Kerry

EVERY year the Tralee St Patrick's Day parade entertains thousands and turns the county capital into a riot of colour, noise and excitement.

Few might realise the amount of work that goes into organising such a massive event which has been in the planning stages for since well before Christmas.

Over 100 stewards and volunteers, as well as countless gardaí and members of the Red Cross, are needed to stage the parade every year and the committee which organises the parade, which is led by The Abbey Inn's Danny Leane, has been meeting every week since late last year to put the whole thing together.

Cllr Johnnie Wall, a member of the parade's organising committee said everyone involved was delighted with the success of this year's event.

"It's a great occasion every year. It's always a great community event and the whole town comes out. The kids love it. It's great," he said.

He also paid tribute to this year's Grand Marshal Kerry Group Chairman Denis Buckley and his company.

"Kerry Group have been very good to Tralee over the years, creating a lot of employment so it's great to be able to give them an honour like this in recognition of what they have done for the town."