DANCING IN THE STREETS
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.