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St Patricks Day Parade 2010 Birmingham

I prepared well for today's St Patrick's parade by getting the chords written down. Sadly when it came to the parade I had the chords in G and everyone else was playing in C. I had a bit of a rush because on Saturday evening I was doing the piano at the Lib Dem Conference in Birmingham at which I finished playing at 1.30am. I had to clear my equipment this morning as I was too tired (and "emotional") last night. I then found two strings broken on my guitar. This resulted in me restringing the guitar completely in a big rush and hence I was slightly late for the parade. However, I was no more delayed than the parade itself hence there was no problem.

The parade seemed bigger this year. We had a much wider range of drum groups and also a new walking jazz band as well as a chinese section. The traditional sikh Dhol group was there as well.

Sadly the Tipperary County Association (see below for photos) was squeezed between the jazz band and a pipe band which made our much quieter music relatively hard to hear.

However, it was a good parade and good weather. I have uploaded some photos on
flickr and will try to find other people's photos to link to and update this post as time goes by.

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Martin O'Connell on Flickr
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