I've been a fan of the Twelve Five's website where Iain Anderson occasionally posts minute-long videos - twelve shots, five seconds each. While not as beautiful and well crafted as Iain's output, here's the Belfast St Patrick's Day parade as a Twelve Fives.
It was the first time in my life I'd been down to see the parade. Shorter than I expected. Absolutely no contentious symbols or flags in the parade. It was good to see a wider than normal variety of Belfast councillors marching in front of the parade. UTV's Paul Clark interviewed PUP councillor John Kyle (1 minute into the clip) who joined this year's parade. The only unionist councillor participating, John explained:
"I think it's an opportunity for both communities to come together to do something constructive that really promotes Northern Ireland."
Not so hopeful to hear the drunken lads shouting IRA chants at the top of their voices on Fountain Street and saying they were "goin' to the Holylands to start it off".