The sunny streets of Brisbane are the perfect place for a parade. The crowds gather. An air of anticipation builds. Floats and Marchers line up behind a green banner. The sound of the bagpipes and drums signals the start of Brisbane’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The pipes and drums lead the way through the streets. Patrons emerge onto the balcony of the pub to watch and wave. The day is warm and the Guinness flows. Green attire is an essential fashion item for members of the crowd. There are many costumes and some impressive hats to be seen.
Banners for the Irish counties are proudly carried down the street.
St. Patrick follows the banners and the band. He waves to the crowd in true Australian style from the back of a ute.
Photographers chase the marchers and the floats. Waving to their subjects in the hope of getting the perfect shot. Gold coins made of chocolate and lollipops are lavished on the children in the crowd.
There are many Irish community groups in Brisbane. Women’s auxiliaries, Dancers, Celtic supporters, dog clubs, Gaelic football teams and musicians and social clubs are all represented.
The koala and kangaroo mascots of the Harp Gaelic football club walk beside the float with buckets of sweets in hand.
The dogs are popular with the spectators. The proud members of the kennel club occasionally stop to chat and let the kids pat the dogs.
There is plenty of clapping, cheering and waving going on. Proud parents call out young dancers and football players as they pass.
Australian accents are drowned out by Irish voices. The sound of pipes and drums continues to fill the air. Folk bands pass. The classic cars carrying the ladies are greatly admired as the St. Patrick’s Day parade continues around the block.