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Twirling across the pond for St. Patty’s Day

Baton twirlers from 80108 joined a larger group from Omaha, Nebraska to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland on March 17.

Six baton twirlers from Castle Rock and Castle Pines had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, on March 17.

Led by baton twirling coach Tina Hansen, performers Carleigh Hansen, Chandler Hansen, Jaylyn Luber, Jolene Luber, Lilly Traver and Evelyn DeRossett marched the two-mile parade wearing vibrant green costumes that shimmered under the Dublin sun. They were met with excited cheers from the crowd of more than 500,000 people on a beautiful day, in what was described as the largest parade turnout in the history of the parade.

The baton members from the Castle Rock Stars Baton and Dance group had the opportunity to join a larger group from Omaha, Nebraska, the Stepper-Ettes Baton & Dance, run by Sue Foehlinger, Tina’s mom. The twirlers participated in a week-long performance and site-seeing tour in Ireland, which included performances in the parade and in front of the historic Blarney Castle. The performers were accompanied by their families and returned home to Colorado with many memories and souvenirs to remember their trip.


The six local twirlers (left to right): Jolene Luber, Chandler Hansen, Evelyn DeRossett, Lilly Traver, Carleigh Hansen and Jaylyn Luber.


Twirlers march and perform for more than two miles, with crowds of more than 500,000, the largest turnout in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade history.


Baton twirlers performing for a local crowd in front of Blarney Castle prior to marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


By Hollen Wheeler; photos courtesy of Tina Hansen



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