The band travelled to the host bands parade held in Glengormley; an area under pressure from the Sinn Fein/IRA cohorts in that part of the City.
By the time we arrived the parade was well under way, I got to see the Shankill Protestant Boys heading off and I must say they had a massive band out.
Also got to see the Craigavon Protestant Boys and I really like their uniform also got a wee look at the South Belfast Young Conquers whom where playing well and looking the part. The Ulster Grenadiers from Carrick where also playing well then I seen them briefly.
Overall a good parade and for us it was our first outdoor parade of the season and we played quite well as did all the bands on the night.
The crowds on the night where spread out over the entire route but it was good to see the Pride of the Hill getting a good turnout as the parade was held in conjunction with the Dylan Dicks appeal fund.
Tonight we played with 18 side drummers, 29 fluters, 3 bass drummers and a colour party of 8; so it was a good turnout for our first parade of the season.
The band where presented with the following awards during last nights parade competition results:
1st Blood and Thunder Drum Corps
1st Style and Appearance
2nd Blood and Thunder Bass Drum
3rd Blood and Thunder Band
1st Best Overall Band
Overall it was a good night for the band and it was a good start to the season for all the bands and hopefully all bands will enjoy the marching season.
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman
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