May Day Parade

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The community spirit continued, from where it left off at the Fun Run at Ringsend Park, to RICC, where the May Day Parade got underway on a Bank Holiday Monday to remember.

The sixth annual May Day Parade welcomed many newcomers, among them Ringsend Rock School, who have just recorded their first charity single, Eleanora, in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), with the support of Crusaders, Irishtown Stadium and O’Dwyer Auctioneers.

The thumping drumbeat of the Dublin All Stars and Finglas Festival Marching Bands brought smiling families out onto the balconies that line the route. There they were greeted by colourful stilt walkers, music and the splendour of the Lord Mayor’s carriage, occupied by newly appointed Lord Mayor of Ringsend, Alice Foley, on her debut appearance sporting the gold chains.

“Each year we hope to make the event bigger and better, and I think we have surpassed our expectations this year, launching our own future rock stars and supporting a very worthy charity too,” said RICC manager Lorraine Barry. “The smiles are literally smeared on every face I see. This is what being a community is all about.”

By Maria Shields O’Kelly