Another wonderful St Patrick's Day and parade in Balbriggan. The one event that attracts the truly diverse communities of Balbriggan, friends and neighbours from all over the world and every ethnicity and culture to share the celebration of our national holiday. According to a Fingal County Council statement below Balbriggan saw 12,000 attend the Balbriggan St Patricks Day Parade. This year, Davis Events worked alongside Fingal County Council to produce the St. Patrick's Day parade in Balbriggan 2018.
My own nerve wracking contribution was to be part of the male section of the 50+ members of Balbriggan Gospel Choir's who made their debut performance as the finale to a wonderful parade. More on that later we hope to have a full reports and photos soon.
Thanks to Monica Manzzi Barlocco - Artphotos for some wonderful photos, you can see the full Gallery at the bottom of this.
Big attendances at St Patrick’s Day celebrations across Fingal - Fingal County Council
Big attendances at St Patrick’s Day celebrations across Fingal
Large numbers braved the cold weather to attend the St Patrick’s Day parades held across Fingal today. Fingal County Council organised parades in Swords, Blanchardstown and Balbriggan while local groups arranged parades in Skerries, Lusk and Rush.
Approximately 12,000 people attended the Balbriggan Parade, 20,000 attended the
Swords Parade and 12,000 attended the Blanchardstown Parade. A further 15,000 attended the parades in Skerries, Lusk and Rush.
There were a wide variety of community and volunteer groups taking part in the parades across the county. Over 2,000 people participated in the Swords and Blanchardstown Parades while 1,200 took part in the Balbriggan Parade.
Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “I would like to commend all those who took part in the parades and celebrations across the county and thank our Events team, the volunteers and community groups who worked together to organise all of this year’s festivities. Today was reflective of the strong sense of community and culture that exists across Fingal.”
Including the six parades and events taking place in the Seamus Ennis Centre, Malahide Castle, Ardgillan Castle and the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth, more than 100,000 people will attend St Patrick’s Day celebrations across Fingal this weekend.
Onlookers were entertained by the variety of floats at each parade today with 300 local community groups and 100 local businesses taking part. 150 members of St Finian’s GAA club dressed up as yellow minions from the film Despicable Me during the Swords Parade while 150 members from the North Dakota State University Marching Band took part in the Swords and Blanchardstown parades. 500 members of the Fingallians GAA club also took part in the Swords parade.
Fingal’s retail and hospitality industry will also benefit from this weekend as local business usually see on average a 70% increase in footfall as people attend the celebrations.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley said: “I am extremely grateful to the Events Team as well as the community and volunteer groups and who have contributed hugely to the St Patrick’s Day festivities. Fingal has one of the youngest and most diverse populations in the country so this weekend is a great opportunity for people of all backgrounds to connect with their communities and celebrate Fingal’s rich culture and heritage.”
Gallery by Monica Manzzi Barlocco - Artphotos