I Visited Ireland with the Marching Illini for Spring Break (Pictures)

On Thursday, March 15, I stepped onto an airplane with other members of the Marching Illini to embark on an amazing journey. We flew to Dublin, Ireland!

If you didn’t hear, the 2017-18 Marching Illini had the amazing opportunity to march in the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Marching Illini has a running record of attending the event every few years, and I was lucky enough to attend as a member during my freshman year.

The parade was magical. Getting to meet fans along the parade route was one of the most heartwarming experiences I’ve ever had, and hearing the crowd cheer as we played in the streets is a memory I won’t soon forget.

Before and after our day at the parade, we had the chance to do many fun things around Ireland. From a walking tour of Trinity College to an eye-opening experience at the Titanic Museum in Belfast (Northern Ireland), we had a week full of laughs and memories. While I don’t have too many pictures (I mostly recorded video!), I wanted to share the pictures I have on the blog.

Our Ireland trip was the best trip I have ever been on, and I don’t know how any Spring Break after this will ever top it! My favorite stop was the Cliffs of Moher, which you will see pictures of below. I hope you enjoy seeing the amazing sights the Marching Illini got to experience this 2018 Spring Break!


Here they are! A few random pictures of moments during our Ireland trip:


I hope you enjoyed my random pictures of the fantastic views (and food!) we got to experience during our Ireland trip. I never thought I would love Ireland as much as I did, and I hope I get to return to this beautiful, green country again soon!

Until next time, I-L-L!



Class of 2021
My major is Instrumental Music Education within the College of Fine and Applied Arts. I'm also part of the Marching Illini! Before moving to Urbana, I lived in Collinsville, Illinois, where we are known for some killer Italian food and the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle.