Crowds lined the streets and enjoyed the spectacular St Patrick’s Parade in the sunshine.

The floats were as loud as they were colourful with plenty to entertain the hundreds of people who had patiently awaited the procession’s arrival.

Plenty of the crowd had donned Guinness hats and a handful waved Irish flags.

Others donned green shirts and at least one lady sported shamrock face paintings.

The parade set off from Huddersfield Irish Centre in Fitzwilliam Street and slowly made its way to Westgate before turning on to John William Street.

Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade
Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade
 

Town Crier Vic Watson was awaiting the parade in Market Place and officially opened the parade before a drum roll and the procession was off.

Mr Watson told the Examiner: “It’s the busiest I’ve ever seen it for the parade. It’s fantastic. Maybe it’s the sunshine has brought everyone out.”

Musical offerings in the parade featured the lively Frumptarn Guggenband, Marsden Brass Band and Slick Sambastic.

Schoolchildren from St Patrick’s Primary School were onboard a float while All Saints Catholic College and Huddersfield University students walked the procession route.

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Enjoying the event was Max Sab, 55. He said: “I’ve carried the procession flag for many years. St Patrick’s celebrations are very important to me. This year is the biggest crowd I’ve seen here for the parade.”

Colm Brennan, 50, had travelled from Wexford, Ireland with his wife Angela for the weekend to visit family in Brighouse. Colm said: “Angela is with the dancers and we have made a weekend of it. It’s a good turnout and the weather is a bonus.”

Chris and Sam Doyle had come to see the parade with their granddaughter and friend Frank O’Sullivan.

Sam, of Dalton said: “It’s just a great atmosphere and nice for the children. It’s a great multicultural event for Huddersfield.”

Joey and Ann Cornelly had come from Crosland Hill with grandson Owen and were eagerly awaiting the St Patrick’s Primary School float to wave to their 10-year-old grandaughter Mia.

Crowds enjoy Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade
Crowds enjoy Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade

Mr Cornelly said: “We come every year. We bring the family and this year Mia is in the parade.”

Celebrations continued into the evening at The Irish Centre with performances from Irish act Kilmyshall Set Dancers of County Wexford alongside The Ranchers Showband.

The day’s events also featured Keep it Country, Cassidy Irish dancers, Celtic Duo and Dancing Divas.

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