Huddersfield Parade

We have just finished the Huddersfield St Patrick’s Day Parade that was held on Sunday 8th March. As usual we received a great welcome from the Huddersfield committee and a great (if slightly damp), day was had by everyone.
Maurice Long had organised the coach which firstly picked up from the Irish Centre in Digbeth at 8.30am and then SS Mary and Johns in Erdington at 9am.
When all were aboard we were off, it was a leisurely drive and the craic on the coach was really good. We arrived at Huddersfield Irish Centre at 11.45am, plenty of time to get ready for the parade start at 1pm. We played ‘Dawning of The Day’ before the parade start and then we were off. It is quite a long parade route and takes 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. This does include a 30 minute stop in the centre of Huddersfield where all the floats do their bit and get judged in a competition. After the parade we are always treated to a great buffet for which we are really grateful and the staff and committe are always incredibly friendly and helpful. This year also saw the band walk 10 minutes to another Irish Centre and play for 10 minutes there. It was back on the coach at
4.30 pm and we were back in Brum by 7pm.
A great day and thank you to all that contributed, both playing and non-playing. I hope that all that joined the band for a day out really enjoyed themselves.
We have a busy period coming up with The Sandwell St Patricks’ Day Parade at 10am on Saturday 14th March. Straight to Derby for their parade at 12.45pm and then the Birmingham St Patricks’ Day Parade that starts at midday on Sunday the 15th. We are all looking forward to these events and all the fun that goes with them.