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March 17th, 2010 – by: sarah_82
Now, it's a tradition at this point for it to rain on Paddy's Day. Every year on March 17th, around 11am and 3pm the skies open up to soak the parade watchers to the bone. It's as if St. Patrick himself waits for us to line O' Connell Street, before he starts pelting us with raindrops. Even so, we all stay there and we all complain that next year we'll stay home - but we won't. The parade this year was being lead by Keith Earls - one of the best rugby players on the Munster team. He stopped off at the viewing stand to present a rugby ball to the Mayor. Then, there was the usual string of soldiers, tanks, navy guys...followed by local scouts, girl guides, drama clubs and ethnic groups, all advertising their presence amongst us. Some of them hurled lolly-pops at the crowds, other gave out t- shirts, mini rugby balls - my mother even got a pack of dusters (!!) handed to her.
I was surprised to see a banner coming towards me, saying "Limerick's Bangladeshi Community" - I didn't know we had anyone from Bangladesh in Limerick, let alone a "Community".
The parade dragged on for two and a half hours, then we all filtered back out of the city to enjoy our patriotic dinners including as much green, white and orange food as possible, not forgetting the Green Jelly for dessert.
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