Sun shines on St Patrick’s parade through Redfield


Avon Vale Pipe & Drums

Avon Vale Pipes & Drums

Hundreds of people of all ages turned out for today’s sun-drenched annual St Patrick’s parade through Redfield.

The Bristol Irish Society has been organising the first parade since 2000. Many people taking part in the procession and those watching were in costumes or dressed in the colours of the Irish flag.

The festival atmosphere was helped by Ireland winning the Six Nations yesterday and many people in the procession carried pictures of Brian O’Driscoll. The Irish icon ended his career yesterday.

Leading the procession, which began at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, were the Avon Glen Pipes & Drums.


One of the floats in the parade

One of the floats in the parade

There were also floats in the parade which headed down Church Road to the City Academy in Russell Town Avenue where there was entertainment from Irish folk band Peel Your Own Spuds and the Scallon Scott Academy of Irish Dance.

The Academy runs lessons at venues including St Patrick’s School, Queens Road Methodist Church in Keynsham and Hanham High.