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St Patrick and the Dinosaurs might have been a new one for some, and a bit hard to swallow (quite bony) but you’ve heard of St PATRICK and the ZOETROPE… right? Well you have now. It’s more to do with the BELFAST theme of the Parade, mind, rather than St Pat himself.

Dippy Diplodocus has been hanging around a long time, waiting for an invite to visit Belfast – like around 150 million years.

Of course there are no snakes in Ireland – because they were banished by St Patrick. There are (almost) no dinosaur remains known from Ireland either, so perhaps St Patrick banished them too? But Ulster Museum curator, Dr Mike Simms, offers a scientific explanation for the lack of snakes and dinosaurs.

Pigs, sheep, maybe snakes, but... what about a dinosaur? Yes, there will be one in the Parade -- and there is a connection!

Explanation of that soon, meantime, go to our > Event page
P.S. here's a clue: the dino is called Dippy.

• SHANKILL SHOOTING STAR -- see it up (and down) the road from 3pm.


Take part in creating the first Shankill Lantern Parade – and Light Up The Road for Christmas!

Invitation to:

Lantern Making Workshop  Tuesday, 22nd November, 6:15 to 8:15pm

Tuesday 22nd
OPEN LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP on TUESDAY evening, 6:15 to 8:15pm 22nd November at Beat Carnival Centre, Brown Square. All ages. Free. 

There are worksheets in the Resources section of the website here. The lantern making instructions can be viewed and downloaded here:

Pyramid-Lantern worksheet.pdf

Take part in creating the first Shankill Lantern Parade – and light up The Road for Christmas!