THE STREETS of the city were lined with forty shades of green yesterday, as some 50,000 spectators turned out to watch the 2017 St Patrick’s Day parade.
Over 3000 people representing 58 community groups and organisations took part in the parade, lead by Grand Marshal internationally acclaimed chef Rachel Allen.
Ms Allen travelled the route in style, driven in a 1926 Ford Model T Tourer Car, built in Cork.
There were several major floats in this year’s parade, paying homage to the city and county’s culture and heritage. Waterford based Spraoi were represented by two large floats; one based around the legacy of copper mines in Allihies in West Cork, the other a boat to pay tribute to fisherman in Cork who for generations have battled the elements to bring their catch home.
Dowtcha Puppets also created a special float to celebrate 100 years of Ford in Cork, with a giant Henry Ford Puppet followed by a large Ferris Wheel displaying ten classic Ford Cars, each car representing a decade of Ford in Cork.
There was a great buzz among all of the participants, particularly those who were taking part for the first time.
St Patrick himself lead the parade in Skibbereen, Co. Cork, where they pulled like a dog through the wind and rain. Denis Minhane was on hand to capture a flavour of the fun.
Meanwhile parade of vintage cars took place at the parade in Clonakilty and dan Linehan was on hand to capture it on camera.
While in Blarney, schools, sports clubs and the local scouts were sprinkled in among the vintage cars and floats. gavin Browne was on hand to record the fun.
There wasn't so much rain, but still a bit of wind at the parade in Midleton. Still, it didn't put off the crowds as David Keane found out.