Limerick International Band Parade kicks off City’s St Patrick’s Festival 2009

Limerick St Patrick's Festival Logo

Thursday, 12th March 2009

The Irish Army Band will lead the 2009 Limerick International Band Parade which kicks off the city’s St Patrick’s Festival this weekend.

Adrian Wilcox High school band from Santa Clara, California

Now in its 39th  year, the band competition is expected to attract thousands of spectators on to the streets of the city when it begins at 12 noon on Sunday.

The Band of the First Southern Brigade will join a host of marching bands taking part in the parade including five of Limerick’s finest bands and The Adrian Wilcox High School Band, “The Black and Gold Regime” from Santa Clara, California.

The US band is spending nine days in Limerick performing at three parades in the Mid West- the International Band Parade, the Limerick City St Patrick’s Day Parade and in the Newcastle West parade.

Robert Nieves, marching programme director of The Black and Gold Regime said the band is “really excited” to be performing in Limerick
“This is our first experience travelling anywhere outside of the United States. We do a lot of travelling within the country and within the state of California but this is our first trip to Ireland,” he said. “We started planning this trip about twelve months ago and we did many fundraisers in California and were able to fundraise quite a bit. We are very proud to be here in Limerick to represent the United States, California and our city, Santa Clara,” he added.

Also performing on Sunday will be the award winning Garda Band and the Tallaght Youth Band from Dublin.
The Limerick bands taking part in the competition feature some of the city’s best entertainers and musicians.
 Among the Limerick bands taking part are:

  • The Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band
  • Corpus Christi Pipe and Drum Band
  • St Mary's Fife and Drum Band
  • The CBS Youth Pipe Band
  • Sammy Benson's Brass and Reed Band.

The Boherbuoy Band is the city’s oldest band, established 159 years ago and still going strong. The Corpus Christi Pipe and Drum band has many Gaisce award winners and this is its 11th year taking part in the parade. The St Mary’s Fife and Drum Band has players ranging from 10 years to eighty years young while the CBS Youth Pipe Band is the longest serving youth band in Limerick city.

Sammy Benson’s band has won many accolades worldwide and has won first prize in the marching band parade here on many occasions.

Adrian Wilcox High school band from Santa Clara, California
The Band Parade will start in O’Connell Avenue and end in Arthur’s Quay Park with a free concert to the public. The winners will also be announced in the Park after the parade.

Parade organiser, Fran O’Donnell, from Futureama Productions, said: “Every year the International Band Parade is hugely entertaining. This year is no exception and it promises to be a fun and colourful day out for all the family.”

Prizes will be awarded for best overall band, best dressed, best musical performance, most entertaining performance, special judges’ award, best Irish band and best local band.

The International Band Parade will be followed by the Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade on Tuesday, March 17th.

Glamorous Celebrity Bainisteoir contestant and Den Tots presenter Emma O’Driscoll will lead the 2009 parade as Grand Marshal.

The theme of St Patrick’s Day parade is Go Green and festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick with a parade that celebrates all that the Riverside City has to offer.

Laura Ryan
Communications Officer
Limerick City and County Council
Phone: 061-407100

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