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Here's how they did Paddy's Day parades in 1905...

There was no Macnas in those days.

HOW DID THEY do St Patrick’s Day parades in 1905?

Well, let’s just say that the colourful, energetic floats that we have these days weren’t quite de rigueur.

This photograph, taken from the National Library of Ireland‘s Tempest photographic collection, shows a town in the Ardee or Louth area celebrating the day.

The parade does look a bit… staid, but we can see a brass band in the foreground, so perhaps things were about to kick off. Still, a bit of Macnas would probably have gone a treat.

Image: National Library of Ireland

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