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12 things you'll definitely see at a regional Paddy's Day parade

Bring out your vintage cars, your tin whistles and your tractors.

1. A procession of local first aid responders

It’s your turn to shine Order of Malta!

malta Source: The Celbridge Parade

2. A farmyard animal wearing an outfit/dyed green

Usually a goat.

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3. Several flatbed truck belonging to local businesses

They’ll be gussied up with bunting and a herd of Irish dancing seven year olds or a céilí band.

St. Patrick's Day Dundalk's Photos - St. Patrick's Day Dundalk | Facebook Source: Facebook

flat Source: The Celbridge Parade

4. An abundance of  hay bales

Sure what else are you going to put into the flatbed truck?

St. Patrick's Day Dundalk's Photos - St. Patrick's Day Dundalk | Facebook Source: Facebook

5. Several floats relating to the ‘in’ gag of the moment

Last year in Kilfenora for example it was horsemeat and The Gathering gags as far as the eye could see.


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6. A local man dressed as St Patrick

Beard repurposed from the community group’s Santa Claus outfit.

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PastedImage-48735 Source: Cavan Living

7. A representative vehicle from the local branch of civil defence

Flanked by a few members, of course.

civil Source: Roscrea Online

8. Scouts looking cold

They’re scouts. Why are they never wearing coats?

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9. The local fire service

Poised and ready to flee the second an emergency arises.

PastedImage-39179 Source: Cavan Living

10. A hint about the drama society’s upcoming production

Innovative use of a tractor in Ballyconnell in 2012:

PastedImage-55159 Source: Lake Avenue House

11. Tractors as far as the eye can see

It’s their one day to shine.

Likes Tractors Source: Irish Typepad

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12. At least one vintage car

Trundling along, holding the whole show up.

St Patrick's Day Source: EoinGardiner

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