St. Patrick’s Day parade in Vancouver – bagpipers and dancers.

It was a bit cool, but the rain held off. And at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Vancouver, the bands, floats, Irish, Highland and even the normally annoying Morris dancers made for a wonderful parade through the downtown. Our band could not muster enough pipers and drummers due to spring breakĀ  and family commitments, but eight bands, including VPD, Delta Police and the BC Regiment, Irish Pipes and Drums were there and added to the fun and celebratory atmosphere in the downtown. And with so many police with bagpipes, the crowd refrained from rioting afterward.

Here are a few photos shot by my daughter on my mobile phone. It captures a bit of the flavour of the day.

WorkSafe BC float

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here come the Delta Police Pipe Band.

 

 

 

Delta Police Drum Corps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Irish dancers

 

 

 

 

About Mike Chisholm

Bagpiper, writer, fisherman and father born and raised in Nova Scotia, now living in Vancouver area.

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2 Responses to St. Patrick’s Day parade in Vancouver – bagpipers and dancers.

  1. Adrean says:

    Hi Mike,
    Nice blog, found it through your advertisement on Youtube but as a member of the City of new Westminster/RCL 83 band, I just wanted to clarify that you missed out on ourselves, the Port Coquitlam Legion group and Gibson’s pipe band.

    Also notably absent from your list are the 72nd Seaforth Highlander’s who brought up the end of the parade.

    So in total, this year’s St.Paddy’s featured a total of 8 pipe bands, let alone the smaller outfits that were present at one or more of the bars downtown that day.

  2. Point well taken, and I stand corrected. However, the absence of the other pipe bands is honest. For some reason, the parade marshal’s re-directed many of the bands onto a side street before they reached the crowd near Georgia and Seymour. I have no idea why, and it was very annoying, especially since I was there mainly to see the pipe bands.

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