St Patricks Day Parade 2014

For the third year running men and women from the Menni Drop In Club were invited by City Fusion to perform in the St. Patrick’s festival parade. City fusion are the largest pageant in the parade and provide an opportunity for creative artists, designers and performers to work with people across the city of Dublin who wouldn’t usually have such opportunities. Six men and women attended rehearsals twice a week for eight weeks in preparation for their performance.
David Dean, Barry Cryan and their instructor, practicing their dance for the parade

David Dean, Barry Cryan and their instructor, practicing their dance for the parade.

  The theme of this years parade was History and City Fusion had a pageant titled ‘The Wheels Of Time’. The men and women from the Menni Drop in Club along with young men from the Filipino Society of Ireland were ‘The Barry’s’ who charmed the audience on the streets of Dublin and viewers on television across the world with a mix of 18th Century refinement and disco trash! We put a lot of work into our performance and had an amazing experience in return.
Getting our face painted for the Big Day

Getting our face painted for the Big Day

David Deane one of the participants described the process as ‘amazing’ and added he ‘enjoyed performing in front of thousands of people at the parade’. Sharon Geraghty, another performer explained ‘at first I was very nervous but after time loved the dancing’. They both agreed they would definitely do it again!
Ciaran Mc Dermot, Jenny Malone and David Dean at the Parade.

Ciaran Mc Dermot, Jenny Malone and David Dean at the Parade.

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