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.
The 11th annual parade featured 10 vibrant musical groups, 10 decoratively themed floats and 10 humorous street artists.
Among the highlights were Limerick City Pipe and Drum band and Celtic Roots Ceili Band from Wexford.
Local acts included Samba, Giants Causeway Rock band, Frumptarn Guggenband, Marsden Brass Band and an array of Irish acts including traditional and modern musicians.
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.
The parade travelled from Huddersfield Irish Centre, to Fitzwilliam Street, John William Street, Market Street and through St George’s Square back to the Irish Centre.
Watching the parade was Helen Ecclesby, 43, from Deighton. She said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant. It’s great every year and it’s great for the spirit. I liked the Irish Centre, the Jedward and the Irish dancer floats best, but they’re all very good and they all make an effort every year.”
Neil Kelly, 31, originally from Omagh, Northern Ireland, now living in Springwood, said: “It was a great display of Ireland culture. The weather’s been great and people have come to celebrate Ireland’s place in Huddersfield.
“St Patrick is shining down on Huddersfield.”
Vera Waller, 76, originally from Dublin, now living in Marsden, added: “We’ve had a lovely day. I thought the All Saints Catholic College display was very good and the dancers were lovely. They all played their part.”
St Patrick’s Day takes place around the world on March 17 to celebrate the patron Saint of Ireland.