“We look forward every year; it’s a day out for the kids”

The first big event for the City of Tribes took off to a flying start with people turning up from all four corners of the globe.

Over 30,000 people lined the streets of Galway for this year’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade which kicked off at NUI Galway and ended at Eyre Square.

As always the big question for many is whether or not it will be dry on the day. The skies did not disappoint however on this occasion.

It stayed dry all day with just drizzle in the morning and the sun beating down on Galway Bay all evening.

Leading this years parade were paralympian gold medallist Eoghan Clifford and world winning cyclist Shane Curran.

All the way from Newcastle to Eyre Square both sides of the streets were packed with people of all ages and cultures. There were many local groups, floats, schools, performances and the emergency services.

Macnas put on a spectacular performance with their themed ‘Diversity’ showcasing some of their younger members and their talents.

Local woman Sheila Murphy said “I look so forward to this, it’s a day out for the kids every year, the months are so long between Christmas and Paddy’s Day, it’s like the start of the season in Galway City.”

The route was different this year due to works on Shop Street which have being ongoing for some weeks and are due to finish soon.

Spanish visitor Isabella loves Galway City and comes here twice a year.

“I love Galway City, it’s my favourite place ever, you Irish are so friendly, I come to visit my friends who work here, the parade was such fun and the Guinness is great, I’ll be back,” said Isabella.

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