OVER 1000 musicians will take part in Limerick’s International Band Championship in the city this Sunday.
21 marching bands from across Ireland, with entrants from the USA and Europe, will transform the city streets this St Patrick’s weekend.
The musicians will be competing for the title of ‘overall parade champion’ in what is Ireland’s only international band competition.
Travelling from Europe are the Orchestra of The Estonian Defence Forces and Dulzainas De Avila Pipe Band from Spain, plus four bands from the United States - the Fort Madison High School Band from Iowa; the La Canada School Band from California; the Clover Hill High School Band and the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Marching Colonials.
Also participating are the Friendship Band from Northern Ireland, the Killorglin & District Pipe Band from Kerry, Cork’s 1 Southern Brigade, Donegal’s Maghery Fife & Drum Band, Dublin’s St Catherine’s Marching Band and Clondalkin Youth Band.
Limerick makes up the lion’s share of representation, with the St Mary’s Prize Band, Rathkeale Brass Band, Limerick City Rhythm, CBS Pipe Band, Limerick City Brass and Reed Band, Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band, City of Limerick Pipe Band, Corpus Christi Pipe Band and the Redemptorist Centre of Music Concert Band.
The parade takes place this Sunday at 12 noon, starting from Pery Square and ending with a free concert for the public in Arthur’s Quay Park.
Winners in all categories will be announced in Arthur’s Quay after the parade.