Unsurprisingly, uniformed men were a major feature of the parade in 1916.
The contingent of the Cork corps of the Irish National Volunteers are in the foreground. Although not clearly visible, the Cork Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, under command of Tomás MacCurtain, marched behind the National Volunteers on this occasion.
Generally, however, the St Patrick’s Day Parade has been more about celebrating our community and heritage than any show of military strength.
Cork’s faith was also important, with Lord Mayor Patrick McGrath attending Mass ahead of the celebrations in 1955.
Another picture from the year shows the change in culture — don’t expect to see any floats devoted to cigarette companies tomorrow.
By 1973 the changing fashions can be seen in the participants’ bell-bottomed trousers, but while styles may change, the essence of the parade does not and clothing aside, the packed crowds tomorrow will have much in common with the eager attendees from yesteryear.