Dublin, St. Patrick's Day Parade

I took the opportunity to see the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, on Sunday, 20 May 2001 (delayed from the usual March 17th by the hoof-and-mouth disease scare). I came back with a combination of video clips and still photos, some of which I've uploaded here for your viewing. I cannot explain the significance of most of the images, but maybe you can fill me in. (Please excuse any inadvertent ad for McDonald's...It's just where I ended up in the crowd, with the bus late and all ... besides, you'll note that the dragon is not "eating" when it gets there ;-).)