It will be a spectacular celebration of 1916 including hundreds of participants in period dress. As in 1966 the parade will be led by an Irish Wolfhound. People in period dress representing the leaders of the rising will led (sic) the rest of the parade and will be followed by a full flag bearing colour party in period dress. Other participants will include former political prisoners, the GAA and representatives of the local clubs in west Belfast. The families of our patriot dead will carry photographs of their loved ones. And a large delegation from the American Labour Movement will also be joining us.
|These prominent figures couldn't even manage to walk in straight ranks|
I was surprised there were so few bands and so few local bands. Large sections of the parade were simply made up of people straggling along as though they were out for an afternoon dander. One woman had even brought her dog on a lead!
|Definitely not a very military look|
The inclusion of so many children, some in the ranks of the GAA clubs and some very small children in rather bizarre uniforms, was particularly disappointing. It seems that another generation of children are being brought up in the republican ideology that idolises the 1916 rebels, the ideology that created the 'political prisoners' that Gerry promised.
Towards the end of the parade there was a group of Irish-American trade unionists but really that was it. Oh, apart from some black taxis.