Bray People - - NEWS - PIC­TURES BY Bar­bara Flynn MARY FOG­A­RTY

BRAY AND GREY­STONES were both fes­tooned in green, white and gold last Thurs­day for pa­rades to cel­e­brate St. Pa­trick's Day.

40,000 peo­ple lined the streets of Bray to watch one of the big­gest pa­rades in the east, with spec­ta­tors en­ter­tained from early with live tra­di­tional mu­sic broad­cast over the route.

The pa­rade en­tries in­cluded march­ing bands, fire eaters, lo­cal dance groups and fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters.

The Grey­stones event was ‘a de­light to watch’, ac­cord­ing to Cllr. Ge­orge Jones. ‘ As a town coun­cil­lor you feel hon­oured and in­deed very priv­i­leged to re­view the an­nual pa­rade,' he said, adding that the pa­rade showed the amount of vol­un­tary work un­der­taken by adults who keep all the sport­ing, cul­tural and scout­ing groups go­ing dur­ing the year.

‘ The spirit dis­played by all the clubs in this year's pa­rade au­gurs well for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of this area.

‘We have had great sup­port at all the events,' said Bray Fes­ti­val Chair­man Mick Glynn. ‘I would like to thank the ded­i­ca­tion of the com­mit­tee and the emer­gency ser­vices.'

Over­all win­ner in Bray was The Brown­ies and Girl Guides.

The best march­ing or uni­form en­try was the Civil De­fence. The best arts and en­ter­tain­ment was Pauline Fa­gan School of Ir­ish Dance. The best com­mu­nity en­try was the Bray Trav­el­ling Com­mu­nity. The best open en­try was Mer­maid Arts and Shee­vawn Mu­si­cal


Fea­tur­ing in the Bray St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade was the Lisa Marie Berry School of Dance River Dancing and (IN­SET): He­len Wu and Doudou Sheng.

March­ing in the Bray St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade was Róisín Flynn with the 5th Wick­low Sea Scouts.

Sarah Stack.

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