Dublin's St Patrick's Parade finally went ahead today - two months after it was postponed because of the foot and mouth crisis.

Festival organisers say the parade was a success - and they were delighted with the huge numbers of people who turned out to watch.

Chief Executive Maria Moynihan of the St Patrick's Day Festival is delighted with the event with around half a million people lining the streets to catch a glimpse of the 14 bands and 11 theatre groups that took part. The Lord Mayor Maurice Ahern who travelled by carriage escorted by mounted Gardaí led the parade.

Among the stars taking part were RTÉ's Fair City cast members.

RTÉ News got the reaction of spectators to holding the St Patrick's Festival in May.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 May 2001. The reporter is Bethan Kilfoil.