Nottingham - St Patrick's Day Parade
w/e 21 March 2010 All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
March 17th 2010, St Patrick's Day, saw the eleventh annual parade
and festival in Nottingham but it was actually the first I have
witnessed. A banner left no one in any doubt as to reason for
the parade as the bands and other participants made their way
from the Forest to the steps of the Council House in the Market
Well before the parade arrived in the Market Square however,
there were many colourful characters assembling there to greet
it. Green of course was the predominant colour and someone had
gone to a great deal of trouble to decorate
this young man's hair (above) with a shamrock symbol, a pint
of Guinness and even a harp on the other side of his head. For
those who arrived without the requisite decor, there were plenty
of opportunities to purchase Irish flags or jesters hats in three
colours from the street traders or green hats (left) and even
CDs of Irish Music (right) to mark the occasion.
Another stall seemed to be doing a good trade with other
souvenirs including feather boas, balloons, sprigs of shamrock
and many other trinkets too numerous to mention.
It wasn't only people who were dressed in green - this is Alfie
with his owner as they waited near the steps of the Council House.
And they didn't have to wait long as the parade led by three
mounted police officers approached the Market Square via Queen
Street and King Street.
Behind the police and the banner was a large band
and there were a number of other musicians in the parade including
this ensemble playing traditional music from the back of a lorry.
I also spotted a wee man impersonating a leprechaun dressed head
to foot in green (left) but I was a little puzzled by the melody
being played by a piper (right). Whilst both are Celtic nationalities
"The Scottish Soldier (Green Hills of Tyrol)" didn't
seem quite right on St Patrick's Day.
The parade also contained a large contingent of local schoolchildren
all proudly displaying examples of the work they had produced
to mark the day set aside for the patron saint of Ireland.
Another symbol associated with the Irish nation is the pony and
trap and this example proved a popular attraction in the parade.
parade concluded in the Market Square where the assembled crowd
listened to speeches by a number of people including Nottingham's
Mayor and a guest from County Waterford. They were followed by
an afternoon of entertainment that included a Showband, a Jazz
Band and many dancers and singers whilst for the hungry there
was plenty of Irish stew and soda bread (right) on sale.
As the parade passed, I switched the camera to video mode and
this is the result.