Pride of the Hill Rathfriland Parade - 11/06/10

Tonight the band attended POTHs parade, one of the best Blood and Thunder bands in the country.

The parade is always attended by most of the best known bands in the scene. The route of the parade is always a talking point. They dont call it "Rathfriland on the hill" for nothing. It is huge and certainly sorts the men from the boys.

Around 45 bands attended tonight. The Mourne Young Defenders were in good tune when i seen them as were the smaller band Skeogh. Lambeg Orange and Blue and the Ulster Grenadiers both going well also. Around the square the crowds were decent and having 2 finishing points seemed to help the parade flow more smoothly. It was a really warm night for parading with people enjoying the bands putting on a super show. Markethill Protestant Boys, SBYC, and the Kilcluney Volunteers all going well. Downshire have really upped their game this year which is great to see.

Below are a selection of photographs of the band in action.

Colour party Drum corp Flute Corp

Tonight we were awarded:
1st Large Blood and Thunder
1st Blood and Thunder Drum Major
1st Bass Drum
1st Style & Appearance
2nd Marching & Discipline
2nd Large B&T Drum Corps
2nd Best Overall

Our own band paraded tonight with 6 of a colour party, 1 drum major, 16 drummers, 2 bass drummers, 28 flautists and marshalls. A decent turnout for us. I thought we played very well. Some of the route is very hard to get into a rythem but i thought that our 2 bass drummers once again helped. Once again our flautists played well and our new set of drums are starting to sound the part. We have always done well over the years at this parade and tonight was no different. Once again our efforts were awarded with a number of firsts. It builds the confidence for future parades and overall we enjoyed our night in Rathfriland.

Well done Pride of the Hill.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman