St Patrick's Day Parade
Hi there. My name is Kayleigh and I am a member of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA). I volunteer at an IWA youth cafe for teenagers with disabilities in Clondalkin, Dublin. It's fun to be involved and this year was even more interesting in my opinion. This was because we were involved in the St Patricks Day parade. The members and I were really excited about this because this is something we had never experienced. David Barry (our youth worker) and I went into meet the organisers in December to see what the parade was all about- I had never realised how much work goes into making the St Patrick's Day parade happen. Our pageant was about a girl who decided to go to visit the planet Mars! About a week later two lovely ladies came in and explained to the group the theme of the parade and what our role was going to be. We were the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’! Some members were both excited yet nervous at the same time. We then started preparing ourselves for the big day with help from Shane who choreographed the routine for us. We practiced with his help for almost 3 months and as the weeks went by we got better and better. We also had costumes for the parade- they were bright orange and red. Before we knew it St Patrick’s Day had arrived and it was a very busy morning- we got our costumes on and our make-up done. I loved the noise, music and waving to the crowd as our pageant moved through town. It was a great day with a fantastic atmosphere and I was excited and glad to be a part of it.