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Carnival atmosphere on Falls Road for annual Féile parade

Enjoying the craic at the Féile parade on the Falls Road. Picture by Cliff Donaldson
John Monaghan

THERE was a carnival atmosphere along the Falls Road on Sunday as crowds took to the streets for the annual Féile an Phobail parade.

Young and old alike dressed up in a variety of costumes and paraded alongside circus performers and street artists in one of the biggest events in the Féile calendar.

After a short delay to the start time due to an overlap with the anti-internment march making its way in the opposite direction, the Féile parade set off from Dunville Park and headed for Falls Park.

There was some disappointment on Saturday after headline act The Kooks had to pull out of a planned gig when their drummer sustained an arm injury.

In a tweet, the band said: "It is with huge regret that we unfortunately will not be able to perform at the upcoming shows Feile an Phobail and Ronquires festival this weekend as our drummer Alexis has trapped a nerve in his arm and cannot move it poor sod.We are truly very sorry, we too were super excited."

The organisers of the Féile offered fans a full refund for tickets already purchased before the concert.

It said: "If there's any broken-hearted Kooks fans out there... from Monday you can get a full refund on receipt of a complete ticket from your point of purchase with Ticketmaster for the tickets you already bought."

However, Dublin band The Coronas stepped in to replace the group and received a rousing reception.

West Belfast MP Paul Maskey was impressed: "Coronas rocking the @FeileBelfast tent. Who needs the Kooks. Not us. @FailteFeirste."

The Féile began on Wednesday and will run until Sunday.

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