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Celtic festival comes alive in Helidon

THE haunting sounds of bagpipes filled the cool spring air as Helidon was once again taken over for the 6th annual Celtic Festival of Queensland.

The cold, grey conditions were not enough to take the cheer out of festival goers who filled Helidon's main street under the blooming jacarandas.

Event organiser Lenore O'Connor said if anything, the weather conditions were perfect.

"It really is like Scottish weather," she said.

"There aren't too many other places where you can just close off the main street for a festival like this.

"It's wonderful to be able to celebrate the Celtic heritage and keep the culture alive."

The day kicked off with the traditional parade led by the Caledonian Pipe Band and the Lockyer Valley Pipe Band, followed by Celtic dignitaries from Glen Innes.

Entertainment was supplied by a huge range of performers including Irish folk band Salt and headline performer Norma O'Hara Murphy.

Highland dancing displays and games also kept the crowds busy while stall holders ensured there was a piece of Celtic memorabilia for everyone.

Topics:  celtic festival of queensland, helidon


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