Dungannon St Patrick’s Day crowds bask in spring sunshine

Hundreds of supporters soaked up the spring sunshine and a multi-cultural carnival atmosphere in Dungannon on St Patrick’s Day.

Pipe bands, performers, dancers, outsized puppets, a St Patrick impersonator and sporting organisations snaked their way through the packed streets to the cheers of the local crowds.

Hurlers, footballers, Irish language schools, musicians, multicultural organisations, and cultural groups from across the spectrum were just some of the participants in the sea of green.

The floats assembled at Ann Street in the town from 2.30pm, with the parade leaving the site of the former Hillcrest Bar (now McAleers) just after 3pm.

Coalisland Silver Band provided the musical entertainment at Ann Street from 1.45pm.

This year’s parade was organised by Dungannon Gaelic Forum, in conjunction with Mid Ulster Council and sponsored by Westland Horticulture.

Dungannon Youth Resource Centre provided entertainment after the parade, while Ranfurly House was the venue for music by Leah Jordan and workshops by Wendy Jack Music.