JOY and excitement were etched across the faces of children and adults alike as they took in this year’s colourful St Patrick’s parade.
Around 80,000 people were in the city for the spectacle, and there was praise all around for the entries.
Yvonne Dillon, Caherdavin said: “It is great, and the weather is beautiful. The fire service has been my favourite part so far. But the dancers at the start were also wonderful to watch.”
Anne O’Dwyer of the Hyde Road travelled to the parade with her niece Majella and her son Ryan, 7.
She said: “The colour of the bands and the theme is just fantastic. The good weather is a bonus really”.
Janesboro lad Ryan was particularly excited to see his two cousin taking part in the parade.
“My cousin was on the Share a Dream float, and my other cousin is in the Pipe Band, so I was cheering them,” he revealed.
His mum Majella added: “It has been a great day, especially for the children.”
Westbury man John Jennings travelled to the city with his son Darragh, 6, and daughter Laura, 4.
He said: “We are having a great time. The weather is perfect. I think our favourite act would be the drums.”
For Darragh, having the day off school was enough.
“The colour and the kids really stood out for me,” Siobhan Grew of Caherdavin said. “It just been a wonderful day.”
Three ladies from Chicago were in Limerick last year for the parade, and made sure to be here again.
Lynette Troyer, Debbie Fletcher and Magda Szymanek were also impressed with the number of children taking part.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan was among the spectators in the reviewing stand.
He said: “It is bigger than ever, and better than ever. The weather is perfect – I was often here with cold wind chills blowing in March, but it is a lovely day today. I am delighted to be here. I always enjoy being in Limerick on St Patrick’s Day.”
Metropolitan mayor Michael Sheahan added: “It is great to see so much green and white, and everyone in such great spirits. The parade is going exceptionally well. We had a great day with the International Band Parade, and today has surpassed that even more.”