Gallery: Paddys Day Parade 2009
Paddys Day Sunshine
Long gone are the giant trucks puffing diesel fumes and hoards of 96FM landrovers with a few balloons stuck to them blaring out music through the pointiest PA systems available to man.
of the Cork Paddy's Day parade has had an undoubted positive effect on the parade
- the more cynical among businesses saw past parades first and foremost as an
easy branding opportunity instead of giving something creative back to the people
who form their customer base (with an undoubted chance to get their brand out
there as a convenient side effect).
Huge serpent yoke leads the way
Tens of thousands
of Corkonians lined the streets in the unexpectedly warm spring sunshine as
the hour long parade made its way from South Mall into Grand Parade and up Pana.
The viewing stand for councillors, sponsors and VIP types was plonked outside
Bishop Lucey Park on Grand Parade with Red FM DJ Dave Mac doing a fine job as
Cork's South Africans shrieking with excitement
Fota's tribal beats among the best
Year of the Astronomy sparked the theme of this year's parade 'Cosmic Chaos'
and newly baptised Corkonian Dan Tani, former Nasa astronaut led the parade
as Grand Marshal. The American receives an honorary Peoples Republic of Cork
passport as he is now married to a Cork woman and his energy and enthusiasm
in shaking as many hands as possible raised a few eyebrows from stationary Corkonians
who were already palpitating in the sweltering 13 degrees heat.
Bodhrán Buachaillí from the Mardyke
Filipinos ready for action
The irony of the
parade's theme was not lost on the Legion of Mary float which won an unofficial
PROC prize for the most depressing entry. Many kept their heads bowed just in
case an astronomical telescope would swing by and reveal that Holy God was not
actually sitting on a chair 5,000 ft above Grand Parade. We're sure he's up
there somewhere though lads.
Members of the Irish army who occupy Cork.
The diversity of
Cork's ethnic make up was highly visible as entries from Angolo, Congo, South
Africa, Tonga, The Philippines, France, Lithuania and Hungary as well as
two entries from Bangladesh and Poland.
"Mam is it ok if I shout one miiiiillion rupees like in Slumdog millionaire?"
The ethnic Mars group vying for space with other Cork minorities.
culture itself was in short supply save for one of the PROC's favourites: The
Bodhrán Buachaillí from St. Joseph's primary school on the
Mardyke. Led by their teacher John Drew, the thirty strong bodhrán wielding
troupe hammered out well drilled call-and-response rhythms in their impressive
costumes. More of this next year please!
Virgin Mary and tricolours being pushed through the streets by people who look like they could do with a few drinks
Giant robot excites the smallies
Goldiefish and City Council must also be complimented for organising the food market on the new boardwalk at the end of Grand Parade. Thousands descended on unsuspecting stall owners as the parade ended as Corkonians queued for sushi, curries, noodles and other foreign stuff that isn't gravy-drenched dehydrated carvery.
Who would have thought it!
Free tea! Manna for those a little overcome by all the strange foreign foods!
Grand parade mobbed by curious Corkonians