Wishing you good luck, blessings and happiness, for today and every day. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go!
Paddy’s Day Celebration
For 30 years of his life, St. Patrick brought hope and optimism in the lives of Ireland, by establishing churches and monasteries across the country. The day of his death, March 17, 461 A.D., has since been a day for the Irish to celebrate the divinity of the saint for converting the pagans to Christianity: driving the snakes (symbolic of evil) from Ireland. From then onwards, the celebration has spread worldwide thus making the event a grand celebration. In America, where there are more people of Irish descent than in Ireland itself, St. Patrick’s Day has become a cultural icon and across the world Irish and non-Irish alike join the party. Thus it would be wise enough to comment that though St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated widely throughout the world, but the events of the celebration remain the same.
Parades serve as the main ingredient for the celebration of the day. Almost every major cities celebrating the day, celebrate it with grand parades, which are attended by almost every citizen present. Dublin hosts the grandest parades. In the U.S. however, you’ll find the best parades in Boston and New York. The parades are featured with marching bands, on road theatres and several dance programs arranged, the as main flavor of the day.
Another very important aspect of this auspicious day is, especially for this occasion, the Chicago River is transformed from its usual murky green color into a bright green color ever can be seen. This whole activity marks as a respect to the true Irish spirit. Thousands of people gather around the Chicago River to witness their river being dyed with the color of Irish.
It should be noted St. Patrick’s Day would be incomplete without a good drink of beer and whisky. Almost every pub and restaurant will be brimming with adequate quantity of whisky and beer. In fact almost every pub will serve you with glasses of the famous Irish Guinness or with some great Irish whisky. But amongst all the available forms of alcohol, Green Beer is considered to be the most perfect form of drink, for the occasion. Almost every Irish soul quenches their patriotic fervours with drops of this famous Green Beer.
St. Patrick’s Day celebration without some hearty meals just cannot be possible. Irish foods like Irish Beef Stew, Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Soda Bread enhances the mood of celebration further. Moreover it is noteworthy; no celebration would be complete without at least one good round of limericks, rhymes and blessings being said. Years of drinking have led the friendly Irish to create some of the best toasts you can find, ones that make you think then laugh out loud in agreement. Two most common phrases you’re sure to come across are: Erin go Braugh (Free Ireland) and Sláinte (Cheers).
St. Patrick’s Day Parades
The historical St. Patrick’s Day parades were simpler affairs. Irish soldiers marched down New York’s street in this after serving in the English Army in America. It became a community affair for the Irish later on as all the Irish women, children and men participated in the parades. It showed their strengths as well.
St. Patrick’s Day parades slowly but surely had become an important affair. It proved that Irish people are major players in the game of numbers in the American Democracy. To increase their vote banks local politicians had accepted their power and had also acknowledged underprivileged Irish immigrants as a powerful vote banks. St. Patrick’s Day parades had helped Irish to overcome racial prejudice and national stereotypes.
Now, St. Patrick’s Day parades have become a serious way of celebrating the occasion with concerts, parties and Irish music all over the world.
Birmingham is the city which holds a massive and biggest parade in Britain. Revelers walk together for 3 km through the city center. Organizers proudly declare this parade of Birmingham as the 3rd biggest parade of the world after Dublin and New York. The city of London is not very far away if celebrations are concerned. Since 2002, the city organizes an annual party on the very special St. Patrick’s Day and number of participants in the parade is ever increasing.
If you are concerned about the age-old Irish celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day, then there is no better place to watch the splendor of the parade than Liverpool in Britain. Presence of most numbers of Irish people in Britain makes this place the best destination for you to catch a glimpse of the party, held with melodious Irish music and cultural events.
The city of Manchester and Coatbridge are the places with large groups of Irish residents. So, it’s quite obvious that the celebrations continue in these places with a lot of excitement and gaiety. Both these cities look different while city dwellers walk together in the parades on St. Patrick’s Day.
Besides Glasgow, St. Patrick’s Day parades are held in 9 different cities of Japan. Organized by the Irish Network Japan in 1992, the first parade in Japan was held in Tokyo.
Even though the celebration moods and fun are same across all the cities of the world but definitely few cities take the front seats in drawing attention of the visitors and Irish crowds.
To watch the time-honored and long-established St. Patrick’s Day parades at your home, just see these videos.
St. Patrick’s Day Parades Videos
1. Join the celebrants of the St. Patrick’s Day in St Patrick’s Day Parade at Dublin.