Thousands enjoy Newry’s St Patrick’s Day festivities

March 18, 2013

Amid celebrations to rival cities across the world, Newry came to a standstill on Saturday as thousands of revellers enjoyed the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The streets were lined with people, many waving flags and balloons, some wearing their traditional brooch of shamrock, others donning wigs and beards and face paint, as the huge parade celebrating International Myths and Legends passed along the city centre route.

With something for everyone, sports associations, vintage enthusiasts, youth clubs and community groups were all represented, proudly displaying their individual banners, and encouraging onlookers to enjoy the superb display of heritage.

Young and old alike were entertained by musicians on stilts, fire-eaters and flame throwers, with gymnasts and salsa dancers also displaying their talents en route. An array of popular cartoon characters also brought smiles to the faces of the hundreds of children who turned out to enjoy the spectacular procession.

Spirits were certainly not dampened by the huge hail storms which peppered the city as celebrations turned to Newry’s Hill Street  and revellers jigged and reeled to the all-day entertainment which included popular country singer Derek Ryan and, of course, the traditional Ceili in the square.  The famous Fun House team were also on hand providing plenty of entertainment for children with Ireland’s first mobile Laser Bug, a party bouncer, kids’ games and face and nail painting.

Rivalling iconic landmarks across the world, as evening fell on a truly memorable day, Newry’s Town Hall was illuminated in green light, joining the Egyptian pyramids and the Sydney Opera House – which were also bathed in a green glow – marking the Irish saint’s feast day throughout the world.