We marched in the Parade!

Well almost, as you'll see.

It was all about Smiley.  She's had a good weekend.  There was bowling on Saturday and a Funfair on Sunday, though that was cut short due to a message from my son that he wasn't feeling well.  So that put a big question mark over our planned trip to the Dublin Parade today.  I was anxious about it anyway.  When she was little, the wheelchairs were allowed on the pavement edge with no barriers, so she could see and feel a part of it all.  But last time we went, we were squashed into this pen and she saw almost nothing.  I'd heard that things had improved, so I applied for tickets again this year.  Just for the two of us: both my son and eldest daughter would now rather chill out at home.  I got her ready and we headed into town, late as usual.

Hair decorated for the occasion

I needn't have worried, the stewards were really helpful and the disabled viewing area was spacious, and even had toilets.  Smiley was able to squeeze into a spot right at the front and she could see over the barrier too!  

She LOVED the parade, and, like all the wheelchair viewers, enjoyed lots of attention from the dancers..






There were historical tableaux...



Cheerleaders, who were cheered loudly...





Lots and lots of colour...


Giants...


And lots of marching bands...



As soon as the end of the parade passed us, they stewards began letting the wheelchairs leave, and so we marched at the end of the parade.  I'm pretty certain that Smiley thought she was part of the whole thing, with the crowds lining the streets there to see her.  Who am I to disabuse her?  It was the best bit!



And when we got home I found that Smiley's brother and sister had worked together to fill and put on the dishwasher.  Without being asked.  A great end to a really good day out and a little marching in the Parade!


16 comments:

  1. Susan (Eastendmom)March 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Your Smiley is just a gorgeous girl. I'm so glad you had such a nice day out, and thanks so much for posting all the pictures. I love seeing what a St. Patrick's Day parade is like in Ireland, as opposed to the parades here in the US.

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    1. I'd love to go to the US one day and see the parades there :)

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  2. I was thinking the same thing as Susan! I love seeing parade pics from a "real" St. Paddy's Day parade. As for Smiley thinking that everyone was there to see her, I think she was probably right -- especially if she had that gorgeous smile going! As for the older ones filling the dishwasher -- wow! I always love when someone is helpful w/o being asked! Great end to a great day!

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    1. It had been a tiring few days for a number of reasons and it was just so nice that my other kids had thought of me :)

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  3. Fantastic! And you got some great photos too. We had to make do with the local one, but at least he came I suppose! One year we'll brave the crowds and the looonnnggg wait..... xx Jazzy

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    1. No I don't think the main Dublin parade is worth a loooong wait, especially with a child or teen who hates waiting (or a Mammy!) xx

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  4. OMG so fantastic
    Loved the parade and I loved her hair -
    I love what Smiley thought and I am glad you let her think away

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  5. That looks amazing, would love to be part of that. Smiley looked amazing with her hairclips xxx

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  6. Looks like a fantastic day out!

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  7. Love her hair! Love the photo's! Especially the one of your girl at the end-she's glowing..so beautiful. I'm glad that you had such a lovely time together AND that you came home to a sink empty of dishes. :))

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    1. It's great that she's glowing, after being so unwell :)

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  8. Oh, this is such a lovely post. Really enjoyed looking at your photos and especially loved your Smiley pictures. She is such a sweetie. Nice also for me to see what a real Irish parade looks like... good fun.

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    1. It was good fun, maybe one day you'll be here for one :)

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