Limerick International Band Parade competition receives boost

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

NEXT year’s Limerick International Band Parade competition promises to be one of the biggest and brightest to date following confirmation that the number of overseas marching bands taking part is set to quadruple.

NEXT year’s Limerick International Band Parade competition promises to be one of the biggest and brightest to date following confirmation that the number of overseas marching bands taking part is set to quadruple.

NEXT year’s Limerick International Band Parade competition promises to be one of the biggest and brightest to date following confirmation that the number of overseas marching bands taking part is set to quadruple.

Preliminary details of the 2012 competition, which will take place on Sunday March 18, have been announced by the organisers.

Four large International bands from North America and Belarus have already confirmed their plans to travel to Limerick for the event.

Outgoing Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne, says it’s great news.

“This is really positive news for Limerick with such early indications of details on bands for 2012. We are really looking forward to welcoming these bands which will add to this marvellous international event heading in its 42nd year,” she said.

Upwards of 30,000 people lined the streets of the city centre in March for this year’s event, which attracted just one band from North America - namely Santa Clara High School Band from California.

Next year, Marvin Ridge High School from North Carolina, Permian High School Band from Texas and the University of Missouri Marching Band will all participate as will the White Russian Central Army Band from Belarus.

John Cox, managing director of Atlantic Group Tours, which is responsible for bringing the bands to Limerick, said it is a real vote of confidence for the Limerick festival.

“It indicates what a powerful draw the Limerick International Band parade is. The welcome that Limerick shows and the warmth of the hospitality shown to visitors are key in attracting these bands to Limerick.”

The 2012 International Band Parade competition will start at O’Connell Avenue at 12 noon on Sunday March 18, next year before ending at Arthur’s Quay Park with a free concert.