PHOTOS: Fun In The Rain At The St Patrick’s Day Parade In Tralee

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St Patrick made his annual appearance at the parade. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE rain and wind came but hundreds still braved to elements for the St Patrick’s Day parade in Tralee.

Beginning soon after 12 noon, the hundreds of participants were led by Grand Marshall, Rick Leonard, who arrived in Mayor Terry O’Brien’s vehicle and took his place in the shelter of the stand.

The bands, clubs, societies, businesses and community groups made their way down from John Joe Sheehy Road, through Boherbee and on to Castle Street before finishing on Ashe Street, due to the roadworks on Denny Street.

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There was colour and great community spirit evident and MC Mike O’Donnell kept the crowd informed of what was going on while dignitaries watched from a stand outside the AIB Bank on Castle Street.

The parade finished earlier than usual due to the weather to leave families to head for shelter and enjoy the St Patrick’s Day festivities. Here’s some images from the day (we’ll have loads more tomorrow)

Marilyn O’Shea and the running leprechaun from the Born To Run Club. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Johnnie Wall with Grand Marshal Rick Leonard at the parade. Photo by Dermot Crean

Four-legged friend being driven on at the parade. Photo by Dermot Crean

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A demo from the Kingdom School of Tae Kwon Do. Photo by Dermot Crean

Na Gaeil girls taking part in the parade. Photo by Dermot Crean

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The Garveys Supervalu girls in high spirits during the parade. Photo by Dermot Crean

The Garveys Tralee Warriors on the march. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Nicholas Scollard striding forward. Photo by Dermot Crean

A participant in the Bryan Carr School of Performing Arts float. Hope he’s not playing tomorrow. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Another colourful participant in the parade. Photo by Dermot Crean

Part of the Kerry Medieval Group float. Photo by Dermot Crean

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The Special Olympics group were out in force. Photo by Dermot Crean

The spectators were also showing their colours. Photo by Dermot Crean

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The Tralee Equestrian Centre members on the parade. Photo by Dermot Crean

Faces in the crowd at the parade. Photo by Dermot Crean

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The 2nd Kerry Cub scouts taking part. Photo by Dermot Crean

That umbrella was an inspired idea. Photo by Dermot Crean

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The St Pat’s GAA crew give the parade the thumbs-up. Photo by Dermot Crean

The Kerry Medieval Group made a big effort. Photo by Dermot Crean

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The Cassie Leen School of Dance crew show what they can do. Photo by Dermot Crean

Little Rockies on the march. Photo by Dermot Crean

We’ll have many more photos from the parade tomorrow

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