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Fund-it effort helps put Macnas back on the streets

Galway will see the colourful Macnas parade at Halloween as community pulls out all the stops.

THE JOYOUS CHARACTERS from the Macnas performance group will perform on the streets of Galway next weekend, thanks to major fundraising efforts.

A Fund-it campaign this month raised €10,000 to stage the spectacle for the denizens of Galway. This funding from members of the public, when added to donations from local businesses and groups and support from Galway City Council, has meant that the show will go on.

The community fundraising is a boon to the group who traditionally would have shown their wildest colours at the summer Galway Arts Festival. However, as Macnas confirmed in April, the Galway Arts Festival decided not to programme the parade “due to financial reasons” – they elaborate on the funding row here.

Instead, the group debuted this year’s performance at Kilkenny Arts Festival, also taking it to the Dublin Fringe Fest and, in smaller shows, to other destinations around the country.

Next Sunday’s parade – called On The Night Journey, starting at 4.45pm – marks their return home.

This is some of what you can expect to see on the streets of Galway…

Fund-it effort helps put Macnas back on the streets
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  • Chaosmos from Macnas

    Image: Ding Zhou/Macnas
  • Chaosmos from Macnas

    Image: Ding Zhou/Macnas
  • Chaosmos from Macnas

    Image: Ding Zhou/Macnas
  • Macnas through the years

    Image: Macnas
  • Macnas through the years

    Image: Macnas
  • Macnas through the years

    Image: Colm Hogan/Macnas
  • Macnas through the years

    Image: Colm Hogan/Macnas
  • Macnas through the years

    Image: Colm Hogan/Macnas
  • Macnas through the years

    Image: Colm Hogan/Macnas
  • Macnas through the years

    Image: Colm Hogan/Macnas

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