a year Eyre Square appears transformed into an enchanted meeting
place for leprechawns, banshees and other phantastic creatures,
before they set off on their merry way through Galway City.
Galway Arts Festival attracts more than 80.000 people each year
to the city and the festival's most popular event is the free parade
by the local community theater company, Macnas.
mission statement of Macnas proclaims: "We hope to make fun and
have fun on a grand scale and amongst ourselves."
year sees a different theme in the parade, with the theme for the
year 2000 having been 'Listening Wind'. Hence anything connected
with 'Wind' was picked up by the participating groups.
exotic birds were seen, flocking together before setting off on
their parade through the City. It's estimated that about 50.000
spectators lined the streets in 2000 to watch their passage.
to impressions from the Macnas parade. You'll see and hear the Devil
asking for a kiss, the energetic drums of Macnas and Lindbergh's
countdown for take-off and much more....
here for more pictures and sounds.