'Preparations for Parade 2015 began the moment The 2014 Parade finished and after a successful Easter family party groups were invited to contact the team with plans on how they would like to be involved.
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Huddersfield Daily Examiner Article
IT was good weather and an even better craic at the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
Before the festivities began there was a minute’s silence and the Tulla Pipe and Drum Band played a lament named The Scottish Soldier to remember the Huddersfield soldiers and three other comrades lost last week.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner, p3
HUDDERSFIELD’S streets became a mass of green, Guinness and ceilidh at the St Patrick’s Day Parade yesterday.
Bright sunshine brought in crowds who lined the town centre streets in green clothing to watch the parade which celebrates Irish culture in Huddersfield and beyond.
Odder acts included a Hills of Connemara float, a mobile bar and Jedward Senior, an older person’s tribute to the Irish duo who made their name on TV programme the X Factor.
“St Patrick is shining down on Huddersfield.”
By Joanne Douglas, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, p.29
TEN vibrant musical groups, 10 decoratively themed floats and 10 humorous street artists – it can only mean one thing, the Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade.
By Katie Grant, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, p3
WITH 10 colourful floats, 10 bands playing and 10 performers Huddersfield St Patrick’s Day Parade was bound to score a perfect 10.
She said: “It brings the community together and it keeps you in touch with your roots.
by Kevin Core, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 9th March 2010, p19
Parade Grand Draw Prize Winners
9 Party Mini Smoothie - Chris Cassidy (1331)
Thanks to everyone for their support
Did you enjoy the Parade and feel it is your favourite community event?
Then why not nominate it as Community event of the year at: Examiner Community Event 2009
Please note the deadline is this Friday 3rd April.
Thank you very much for all your support!
We are glad to be able to confirm that The Parade will be able to pass through St. Georges Square as usual, despite ongoing works.
The road has just been re-surfaced and is fine for The Parade to use this coming Sunday.
The route remains unchanged as previous years, starting and finishing at The Irish Centre on Fitzwilliam Street. A full route map can be viewed on the 2009 page.
Unfortunately the street collection in town planned for today, has had to be postponed.
Hopefully, it will be rearranged for another day this week. Please see website for update.
The team of sutudents supporting the Parade have also got invloved with fundraising. In order to fund the activities they have planned for Market Place, they have been busy raising money.
They have already held a car boot sale at Dewsbury Market, which went very well and have also held a street collection in Huddersfield last Thursday, which also went well.
They will be out and about this Saturday, 28th Feb again in town, undertaking a street collection on New street.
So if you're in town pop along and offer them some support - you wont miss them!
Melanie Eyre Erin Stofberg Kelly Potter Alex Bennion
We are four Events Management students at the University of Huddersfield, and we have all been out working for a year in the events industry. So when we all came back from our placement year at the start of September and we started a module consisting of producing a live event in which we have to organise and set up a live event, as a group we got together and looked at events we would like to be involved with, we wanted to do an event that was community based and something we could learn and develop our skills as event managers from.
1. £200 As donated by The Irish Post & Huddersfield Irish Society - John Lambe, 477
2. Free MOT fee - H. Parmer, 950
3. Family Portrait in Photo Studio - James Joyce, 651
4. Basket of Prime Cut Meat - B. Taylor, 360
5. Signed Huddersfield Giants Shirt and Tickets voucher - J. Costello, 185
6. Irish Post subscription - C. Brien, 988
7. Hairdressing Voucher - K. Byrne, 653
8. 2 Huddersfield Tickets - Pat Sherry, 699
9. Compact Breakfast maker - Joe Cornally, 196
10. Set of Hardback books - B. Grayden, 514
Thank you to everyone who supported the Grand Draw by either buying a ticket or provided a prize, your support is much valued.
Our first committee of the new Parade year saw some changes, with two members leaving and two joining. Joan St. John has resigned as Events Manager and Susan Lambe as woman of Ireland representative. We thank them both for their valued input since the Parade's inception and hope they will continue to enjoy the Parade but as spectators and not as organisers for a change.
We welcome Lesley Wall and Sandra Ruane to the Women of Ireland, who join Ann Conrecode, to form part of the Events Team, with John Lambe becoming Events Manager.
The new events team looks forward to another year of fundraising with some new acts and themes. Our first event will be the annual Easter Party on Easter Monday followed by The Mouldy Joes as seen on the Parade, who make their debut for the Parade in the Irish Centre on Saturday 3rd May. We look forward to welcoming you to the events throughout the year!
Well here we are with another Parade weeked upon us - The first our visiting bands from Ireland, The St. John's Pipe Band, from Kerry arrived last night, with the Kinsealy Ceili group form Dublin arriving today.
Both bands play at the Irish Centre this evening in our showcase 'Parade Eve Concert' - 8.30pm at the Irish Centre, entrance £5.00.
Sunday sees the big day itself, with plenty going on, be sure not to miss the Parade Warm-up from 12.30pm at Market Place, featuring DJ Nipper, Cassidy Irish Dancers and making his debut in the Parade, The Kirklees Town Crier. Big G and and a ballon man will also be paying a vist.
Whilst at the Irish Centre, the Parade will be lining-up to set off at 1.00pm. Face painter and Ballon man will be on hand from 12.00pm, with DJ Dermo getting us in the mood with his tunes outside the Irish Centre.
The weather is not going to be brilliant forecast cold with maybe some showers, so wrap-up. But come what may: rain, hail or shine - its number 8 so let's celebrate!
Wising you all a wonderful Parade weekend.
Preperations are now well underway for this year's Parade and things warming-up as we get ready for the big day!
The Parade organised very much as a family event, will this year showcase ten floats each one exploring and depicting a different Irish theme.
1/ Flights and Accommodation for two at The Central Hotel, Dublin - B. Devlin, 922
The Grand Draw was a great success! Many thanks to everyone for all their support.
The 7th Huddersfield Saint Patrick's Day Parade will take place this year on Sunday March 11th at 1.00 pm.
The family event is a showcase of ten floats each one exploring and depicting a different Irish theme.
The parade are also delighted to have acquired three top Irish bands. The Millstreet Pipers from county Cork who are recognised as one of the top bands in the Emerald Isle, will lead the procession while the Rahan ceili band, who will play on one of the floats, have represented Ireland four times in the world ceili festival in Holland, Italy and France. They were also the headline act at "The Gig Rig" which attracted 250,000 people. As an added attraction, the Brother Walfrid Marching band from Nottingham will bring up the rear.
The festival will also feature, for the first time, a fancy dress competition for all adults and youngsters in the community, as well as music at Market Place from 12:30pm. Other attractions include local majorettes, Irish dancers, traditional and modern music, compere and disco, street entertainers, face painting, Leprechauns, 'Molly Malone' and much more Irish fare including merchandise stalls, booklets, rosettes, hats and flags.
The Parade will start and finish at Huddersfield Irish Centre, Fitzwilliam Street, following a 1.3 mile circular route through Huddersfield Town Centre, starting at 1.00 pm finishing at approx 2.30 pm.
When organising 'do's' you never know quite which way they're going to go - will people turn-up or won't they? Well for the Parade's Christmas Party Night featuring 'DJ T' supporting 'Giants Causeway' they did! - It's always a good sign when you've people waiting even before you've opened the doors.
Although not quite 'Christmas Evening' it might as well have been, the atmosphere was so fitting. The Irish Centre Hall beautifully decorated, the fairy lights sparkling with warmth and the stage finished off proudly with a 'Giants Causeway' Banner.
'DJ T' although not on form (sore throat) nevertheless kicked off the evening in true fashion, warming the growing crowd up nicely with some old classics.
With a good crowd gathered The Band 'Giants Causeway', making their debut for the Parade took the stage and filled the room with their blend of Celtic Rock instantly!
This is the type of band that deserves a stage and their presence on the Irish Centre stage displayed this - The 5 piece set-up, balanced itself wonderfully somehow between mayhem & serenity, to deliver a truly dedicated performance!
The first set containing both covers & original material, ended in true christmas fashion with a rendition of the classic Pouges hit 'Fairytale of New York', together with a special performance from 'Jennie' a.k.a Kirsty MacColl. which led beautifully into the interval.
The second set saw the band get the crowd up to fill the dancefloor to an array of tunes ranging from: a gripping Foggy Dew to a bouncing Teenage Kicks - any band which can do that has to be worth their money. The set finished with 2 encores and another wonderful performance of 'Fairytale of New York', with the crowd still shouting for more. The positive feedback from young & old alike: "Great Band", "Best Band I've seen in The Irish Centre" paid great testimony to the band.
Whilst the aim of every Parade fundraiser is to raise money for the parade, equally the Parade prides itself in providing a variety of great entertainment for all to enyoy - Proudly we can say 'A good time was had by all' at the Parade's Christmas Party Night!
Thank you to 'Giants Causeway', 'DJ T' and to everyone who supported the event and had a good time - A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
The rearranged Parade's 2006 AGM will now be held on Wednesday 20th December, at the Irish Centre, 8.30 pm - ALL WELCOME
The Huddersfield St Patricks Day Parade Association are delighted to announce that the ceili band for the 2007 parade weekend will be Rahan CCE (Comhaltas - Traditional Irish Music, Dance & Storytelling Troupe) of county Offaly, Ireland.
The 20 strong entourage have represented Ireland on four occasions at ceili festivals in Spain, France and Italy and were the headline act at Ireland's Gig Rig attended by 250,000 people. Thus they continue the trend of top Irish acts who have played at our festival in the past.
The group will participate in our showcase event 'The Parade Eve Concert' Saturday March 10th at the Irish Centre, the Parade itself, as well as on the evening of Parade also at the Irish Centre.
We are continuing to negotiate with two other bands, pipe band and marching band and hope to announce details in the forthcoming weeks.
Check out Rahan Comhaltas website for more info on the group
Our very own Parade secretary John McLoughlin, has become a regular feature on a weekly slot with the Town's local radio station Home FM
Home FM have kindly given John the opportunity of publicising events & news of local Irish Community groups, every week.
You can join him every Tuesday & Wednesday morning (details below) as he catches up with presenter Chris Bell.
Hope you can join them!
The now well established 'Halloween Night' on the Parade calendar, was another fantastic success!
The Parade Team transformed the Irish Centre once again with their professional touch, into a Halloween wonderland.
A good crowd with an impressive array of fancy dress characters, both young & old danced the night away to scary tunes provided by our resident 'DJ T', with all having a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Unfortunately, the planned Parade AGM, Thursday 7th September, 8.30pm, at the Irish Centre has had to be temporarily cancelled due to unforseen circumstances - a new date will be announced as soon as possible.
Apologies for the delayed update due to going on holiday the day after the gig but here we go, better late than never:
A great gig with a good time had by all those who attended. Unfortunately not a full house by any means but certainly a night full of quality entertainment for those who were fortunate enough to be there.
NECK with their imposing stage presence warmed-up the first half of gig nicely, with their own style of mixing traditional Irish music with vibarant undertones of Punk - making 'Psycho-Ceili'.
The second half of the gig saw the true musical quality of band shine through: fiddle, pipes, banjo and tin whistle really excelling themselves - This band maybe able to make noise but it certainly knows how to play traditional Irish Music as well, which would make any Comhaltas group proud!
The band finished the gig with crowd shouting for more, making their encore with the aptly tiled 'Every Day's St. Patrick's Day' which got at least a few faithful onto the dancefloor to have a dance around.
The Parade prides itself on providing a variety of entertainment throughout the year through its fundraising events and the NECK gig epotimises this. Although, not a fantastic turnout - the do was a true success in bringing yet another piece of diverse Irish Culture to Huddersfield for all to enjoy!
The Parade would like to thank NECK for making the extra effort for travelling up from London and then travelling through the night to make the flight to play Switzerland the next day - It was a truly great night and we are all very grateful to the Band for giving us the opportunity to savour such a fantastic blend of music.
Also, many thanks to all the Parade Team for putting on yet another great do - well done all round!
Our next blast of Celtic Rock will come with the Parade's Christmas Bash, with Halifax Band: 'Giants Causeway' A band that brings new and old Irish Music together in an electrifying way! - 23rd Dec at the Irish Centre
The London-Irish Psycho Ceili Band that shall be making their debut at Huddersfield Irish Centre this Friday 28th July, for a Parade fundraiser have really pulled out all the stops.
They were originally due to Play Manchester Thursday 27th July, the night before the Parade gig, saving travelling specially up-North from London just for the Huddersfield gig.
However, the Manchester gig has now been cancelled meaning they are travelling especially up to Huddersfield after all.
Not only that - They have secured a last minute booking to play a festival in Appenzell, Switzerland the next day Saturday!
This means them setting off straight off after the Huddersfield gig, travelling through the night to be at Stanstead Airport the next morning at 5.00 am, catch a flight to Switzerland and play in Appenzell at 3.00pm Saturday - Now that's dedication!
The Parade is extremely grateful to the Band for undertaking the Parade gig for us and their committment to the fundraising cause of the Parade, which has enabled us to charge an entrannce fee of ONLY £3.00!
We encourage everybody not miss the opportunity to experience this extraordinary band and their fantastic delivery of Traditional Irish Music fused with noise and energy of Punk - something like Clash meets Pouges but with a chilling, captivating, originality that will grab you and make you an admirer instantlly!
For details on the Gig, Fantastic Raffle Prizes and Links to NECK see the Events Page:
The Huddersfield Saint Patrick's Day Parade Association are delighted to announce that on the recommendation of the Dion committee, the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Dermot Ahern T.D., has approved a grant of £8,000 towards the 2007 Parade.
The Díon group (from the Irish word for ‘shelter’) is an advisory committee to the Government of Ireland on the Irish community in Britain. It was set up in 1984 in response to concerns about the situation of Irish emigrants in Britain.
Their mission statement is to promote the continued contribution of Irish people in Britain to British society and to support those voluntary agencies which facilitate access to welfare and statutory services for members of the Irish community.
Following a meeting between Parade secretary, John McLoughlin, and Dion Committee chair, Michael Lonergan, it was noted that the Parade made a positive and vital contribution to Irish life in Huddersfield, the association's work was worthy of financial assistance and if they were to submit a strong application the group had a good chance of being successful.
Mr Ahern conveyed his personal appreciation for the critical services that the parade association provides to our community and wished us every success in the year ahead. The Minister formally announced the grants at the annual Embassy Dion Reception on Tuesday July 11th. Parade chairperson, Tony Lambe was honoured to accept an invitation to attend and he was accompanied by events manager, Joan St John.
Parade 2007 is expected to cost approximately £16,000 so the grant is a welcome boost to the committee as they continue to raise funds for their showcase event.
The Parade's website sponsor Holset Engineering recently changed its name to Cummins Turbo Technologies - please find details as reported in the Examiner
Move means group has 'one voice'
The official 2006 Parade Photos have now been pulished on the website's Gallery page. It had been hoped to have had the photos out for the 18th March but due to technical difficulties the publishing was delayed - sorry!
The photos aim to to give a broad coverage of the Parade, showing its colour, talent and variety. However, they don't cover everything - so if you have some images you think might be sutable for the website please email them to me:
The relaunch of website in the summer will see the introduction of thumbnail galleries with slideshow facility - until then we hope you at least enjoy scrolling through this year's selection.
The whole of the Parade will also be available in due course, on the Parade Video/DVD, which is expected at the end of April.
The 2006 Parade was a truly magnificent display, with many saying it was the best yet. The colour variety and talent of all the participating groups fully rising above the harsh weather conditionsThe morning of the Parade saw a good snowfall, with snow having to be swept off the back of floats and the steps of the Irish centreThankfully we were blessed once again and the snow cleared up and the Parade was able to show its true colours despite the bitter cold.Every year the Parade wonders how it can top the previous but somehow it does!The quality and variety of the floats was exeptional this year. A number of floats came up with new themes: The Irish Centre with their Bar, O'Shaughnessey's Wagon with 'Santa & Claus' (how appropriate, given the weather), The Irish Society/Slaithwaite Brownies with Celtic Tiger and the Euro, The woman of Ireland with the Irish National School, not mention the variety of characters such as Molly Malone and the Guinness Glasses. The immagination, creativity and attention to detail really showed through, achieving a wonderful display - well done to all!In addition, the musical element of the Parade was also added to. This year for the first time the Parade was able to acclaim three participating bands - 2 from Ireland and 1 from Nottingham.The St. John's Pipe Band of Tralee County Kerry proudly led the Parade in great fashion with sound of their pipes & drums filling the cold air.The Ballyshannon Ceili Band of County Donegal brought up the rear of the Parade with their entertaining array of traditional tunes, on the back of the colourful 32 counties of Ireland Float.And finally, the Brother Walfrid Greyfriars Flute Band of Nottingham marching in the middle, topped off the Parade. As a last-minute entry in the Parade they made an historic debut for themselves, with it being their first ever Parade. Considering their fantastic performance no one would have ever known. They ended the Parade admirably by playing the Irish National Anthem outside the Irish Centre - marking the end of another stunning Parade.Many thanks to all those who braved the cold to come and watch the Parade, it made the day. It was a joy to give the People of Huddersfield & Kirklees, such a warm display of Irish Culture on such a cold day.And of course, to all those who contributed to Parade in any way, large or small - THANK YOU TO YOU ALL - YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!
The Parade's Website was set-up as a basic site for the 2003 Parade and has now grown into an interesting archive and informative source of information for the Parade.
We plan to relaunch the Website after this years Parade, making it bigger and adding user friendly photo galleries. We are also looking to add the Parade Booklets to the new site - so watch this space.
Currently the website has an average of 20 hits per day, with a total of 7,536 in 2005 and 1,525 in March of that year.
If your browsing the site from abroad or anywhere in the UK please do sign the guestbook, let us know where you are viewing from and if you a connection with Huddersfield (friends &family)
This year for the first time (weather permitting - no heavy rain or snow please) the Parade will be covered live by a Mobile Webcam, from St. Georges Square, in association with: virtualhuddersfield.com
We hope you enjoy in continuing to use the Parade's website and look forward to presenting a New website to you a some point after this years Parade (when we've all recovered!)
This year's eighty page bumper special Parade Booklet includes:
The Silver Stars Majorettes, St Patricks school and the Frances Cassidy Irish dancers talking about performing at the parade.
The 2 visiting Irish bands, The Millstreet Pipers and The Brosna Ceili Band recalling Parade 2005.
Parade PRO (Public Relations Officer) John Lambe, details his unforgettable weekend at the Parade and Brothers Pearse GAA youth officer, Andrew Kitterick writes of the work being done by the club in Huddersfield's schools.
Also: "The secret diary of the Saint Patricks Day Parade": An exclusive look at just what happened behind the scenes planning the parade during the last 12 months.
Plus "Those were the days..." A fascinating glance at the town of Huddersfield.
And of course the usual... Order of procession, Irish stories, Group articles, Parade A-Z, Quiz, colour photos and much more...
The Booklet will be out Friday 11th March, available from The Irish Centre and still priced at only £1.00 - Be sure to get a copy as last years Booklet SOLD OUT on Parade Day!
Global Engineering firm Holset's which specialises in Turbochargers has kindly made a donation of £500, through its Diversity Council to The Parade. In return Holset's will have sole sponsorship of the Parade's Website.
The firm which was founded and has its headquarters in Huddersfield, is a large local employer and is committed to supporting local community events, such as The Caribean Carnival & The Mela. It now adds The Parade to the list and will hopefully be the start of an ongoing partnership.
Holset's will also be represented in The Parade this year with a Company Banner and shall be distributing promotional gifts to spectators along the route of the Parade.
Following a couple of Parade members attending a fundraiser held by Doncaster Harp & Shamrock Celtic Supporters Club, at Eden Grove, Hexthorpe, 18th February. The Parade has managed to secure the services of yet another band at the last minute before this year's Parade.
The Brother Walfrid Greyfriars Flute Band of Nottingham were supporting Slievenamon of Greenock, at the function, where Celtic Supporters from all over the North of England were present.
The Parade members were instantly impressed by the quality of the Flute Band and swiftly entered into discussions with the Band, with regard to them partaking in this years Parade. Following consultation for both parties, confirmation was soon made that the Band shall be making their debut in this year's Parade.
As well as partaking in the Parade itself, the Band shall also be performing in The Irish Centre on Parade Day, between 5 - 5.30 pm.
They follow in the footsteps of old favourites and fondly remembered 'James Larkin Republican Flute Band - Liverpool', who took part in Parade's 2001-03 and shall be partaking in this year's Leeds Parade.
We very much look forward to welcoming Brother Walfrid to Huddersfield and the Parade, with them making this years Parade the most exciting line-up we have had, which includes: Pipe Band & Ceili Group from Ireland, Flute Band, 10 themed floats, 2 Majorette troupes, street entertainment, Irish Dancers, Live Music & Irish Disco - BRING ON THE PARADE!
On the back of the recent 'Big Lottery - Awards for All' funding, 'The Ballyshannon Ceili Group' of Co. Donegal, Ireland, shall be visiting Huddersfield over the Parade weekend to teach up and coming traditional Irish music musicians.
It is hoped a new traditional Irish Music Group be formed in Huddersfield and the Ballyshannon group will be teaching and encouraging the budding muscians, the art of playing traditional Irish music instruments.
As an added bonus 'The Ballyshanon Group' have also agreed to partake and perform in the Parade's weekend celebrations.
The group of 12 members shall be performing a collection of Irish music, song & dance, through their touring show 'A FEAST OF IRELAND' at the Parade Eve Concert at the Irish Centre on Sat 11th March, 8.30pm.
In addition, they shall also be partaking in the Parade itself and together with the other visiting band from Ireland - 'St. John's Pipe Band' Trallee, Co. Kerry, on the evening of the Parade, 8.00 pm at the Irish Centre.
Following the extremely successful combination of Pipe Band & Ceili Groups in previous Parades, nothing less is expected of this years performances - We look forward to welcoming them both, in anticipation of another great Parade Weekend!
The Parade have been seeking to put on 'Belt of the Celts' for some time and the local band from Halifax who finally made their long awaited debut at the Irish Centre, can only be described as going down an absolute storm!
Their all round performace had just everything, ranging from raucous Pouges classics to fall over to - to listening in awe of the tones of 'Grace'.
The Band described their music as 'All singing, All dancing, uncultured, footstomping irish music' and it was certainly that - the packed dancefloor and calls for more speaking volumes.
The turnout for the gig was fantastic, with 'The Parade' hosting a great crowd. All commented on what a marvellous show the Band gave, with marks ranging from 8 to 10 out of 10. The band themselves commented how much they had also enjoyed the do, in particular that extra 'Buzz' about the whole evening.
The raffle also went down well, proving very popular, with the main prize of a signed 2003 Celtic shirt being won by John Gregg.
The event was certainly one of the most successful fundraisers the Parade has held, raising a much appreciated £640!
The Parade would like to thank the Band and for all those who supported the event and look forward to welcoming back 'Belt of the Celts' at some point in the future - maybe a Christmas Special - Who Knows?
Check out their website at: www.beltofthecelts.co.uk
We are delighted to announce, as reported in today's examiner (19.1.06 - see press page) The Parade has secured the much acclaimed 'St. John's Pipe Band' from Tralee, in County Kerry to lead this years Parade.
They have played at the world famous Rose of Tralee competition and the 20 strong outfit continue the trend of top class bands leading the parade following in the footsteps of the James Larkin and the pipe bands of Birmingham, Limerick and Cork.
They will also entertain guests at the now reputiable showcase 'Parade Eve Concert' on Sat 11th March 8.30pm, at the irish Centre.
We are also currently negotiating with a ceili band from Uster and hope to have confirmation later next month.
The 5th anniversary, 80 page Parade Booklet Special, completeley sold out on Parade Day. A total of 650 copies were sold, taking the committee totally by surprise, as in the past, there has always copies left over to sell after the Parade.
The popularity of the Booklet is testament to its quality and the Parade as whole, congratulations to the editor John McLoughlin, Assistant editor Dermot McLoughlin and cover designer Danny O'Shea, on producing such a well balanced, informative and enjoyable publication.
As well as the Booklet selling out, Other Parade Merchandise also sold out including: hats, rosettes, flags and only one Polo shirt remaining.
Again, this is evidence of a succesful event all round, with spectators showing enthusiasm in entering into the spirit of the event - may this long continue.
With only two days to go the Parade is just around the corner and excitement is mounting for the 5th Parade.
All is now in place, arangements made, everything confirmed and we are ready to Celebrate.
The arrival of both Bands from Ireland is eagerly anticipated, with the Brosna Ceili Band from Co. Offaly, in particular, having many friends and family in the town, with whom they will be reunited with.
It is going to be a great weekend all round and we welcome everyone, Irish or not to come & join in the fun.
A little Leprechaun tells me the weather is going to be dry, with some sun through cloud but very cold. No matter, the cheer & glee will put pay to that and and we'll warm-up with the celebrations in both the Irish and St. Patrick's Centres' after the Parade.
Here's to a successful and enjoyable 5th Parade, wishing you all a very HAPPY PARADE & ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
Preperations for this year's Parade are now reaching their height. The actual Parade Line-Up has been confirmed and can be viewed on the 2005 Parade Page.
This year's Parade Booklet will be a 5th Anniverasry 80 page special and is nearing completion. It will be hot off the Press on the evening of the 11th March, in conjuction with the arrival of the Brosna Ceili Band from Co. Offaly at the Irish Centre.
First Bus - has kindly offered its services in transporting both visiting bands from Ireland, upon arrival and departure from Manchester & Leeds/Bradford Airports. This support from one of our Local Bus Companies has helped the Parade vastly and is much appreciated.
The weather outlook is also improving, although you wouldn't think it with snow currently on the ground. However, better weather is forecast for Parade weekend - although still could be wet with scattered showers - but that has never dampened our spirits.
After the first ever Parade in Huddersfield on the 11th March 2001, Mick Kitterick concluded in his speech at the Irish centre: 'You ain't seen nothing yet'
And how right he was, here we are celebrating our 5th Parade in great style.
'From one to five, what a strive - May the Parade continue to Thrive'
Grant funding of £3,500 in total from Kirklees Council's Cultural Services, Community Chest and Young People's Services has partly gone towards securing the services of the Millstreet Pipe Band from the City of Cork - The European Capital of Culture 2005.
This Grant Funding is a great contribution to the Parade, which cost's approx. £15,000 in total. Other funds are raised through, donations, sponsorship, advertising, merchandise and fund-raising events throughout the year.
The Marching Band will bring a 20 strong Party who will lead this year's Parade as well as performing together with the Brosna Ceili Band from County Offaly, in the popular 'Parade Eve' concert and on the evening the Parade itself.
We look forward to welcoming both bands to Huddersfield and enjoying their participation in anohter fantastic Parade weekend.
The Parade is seeking voluntreers to help out and partake in the Parade.
We are seeking Stewards for individual floats, Volunteers to sell Parade Booklets en-route and Fancy Dress Characters who may also wish to sell Booklets or just 'simply act the goat' and entertain the crowds.
Should you wish to undertake any of the above and support the Parade, please contact: John Lambe
Email: email@example.com - Many Thanks
The Parade is proud to announce it has secured the services of The Brosna Ceili Band of County Offaly. Members of the the Band vistied last years Parade and were so impressed, expressed an interest to partake in this year's Parade.
The Band will bring a 32 strong party for the weekend and perform on the Parade Eve, in Parade and on the evening of the Parade as well. We all look forward to Band's performances and welcoming the Band to the Parade.
On the 29th December 2004, the ever present Parade Committee member Chris Barrett died peacefully at his home.
He was a dedicated Parade committee member who helped out whenever he could. He will be fondly remembered and missed by all the local Irish Community.
He was recieved into St. Bridgid's RC Church, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield on the evening of 6th January and was escorted by members of the Brothers Pearse GAA to which he was also so dedicated.
He will be laid to rest on 7th January 2005. God bless his soul and may he rest in peace.
Negotiations have begun in ernest to secure Bands again for the 2005 Parade. The Parade is currently trying to secure the services of another visiting Drum & Pipe Marching Band from Cork, Ireland, as one of the headline bands for the Parade. This lead is making good progress and would seem likely to come to fruition.
Also, in the pipeline maybe a celi Band from Co. Offaly, although at this stage is still only a possibility.
Another Band in the frame is our old faithfulls, The James Larkin Flute Band of Liverpool, although there presence, as last year is dependant on whether they are required to march in Liverpool.
The post-parade band will depend upon which format for the day is chosen but possible bands include: Regulars Scarlet Heights, The raucous Johnny & the Poorboys and newcomers Belt of the Celts.
We hope to have confirmation on the above early in the new year, so watch this space.
Return crossing for car & 2 to Ireland - Tony Lambe