Onesies for your Parade in this the week we celebrated St Patrick’s Day on both sides of the pond. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland so wherever there are those of Irish descent March 17th is a big day. Guinness is drunk, parades are organised with the wearing of the green. Of course Dublin has a huge holiday parade. This year the colourful pageantry had bands from the USA, Mexico, Germany and Ireland delivering Irish classics and inspiring rhythms. The spectacular procession went through the heart of Dublin city, bursting with colour and theatrics and had the theme, “Celebrate Now”. Last year’s Festival Parade theme, ‘Let’s Make History’ drew on the past and was the first step on this exciting, creative journey. 2016 will explore ‘the future’, asking the question, ‘who do we aspire to be in the next 100 years’?
In the USA, there are also huge celebrations especially in New York and Boston. Everybody seems to claim Irish descent even Patrick O’Bama. But throughout small town America there are those that celebrate. Even in Rapid City, South Dakota there is a Celtic Connection store where the owner says she does quite a bit of business each year when the holiday rolls around. “St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal in Ireland,” explained Siaryn Duggan. “The drinking, yes, here it kind of goes to extreme,” said Duggan, “but if somebody wants to celebrate my patron saint, I don’t mind.” Duggan says Americans have made it more of a drinking holiday, and she’s OK with that. Another big difference in how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated is with the colour green. Duggan says in the United States, “It’s the green thing. At home we wear navy blue and gold, because that’s the colours of Ireland, and the shamrock would be for the corsage,” said Duggan. “But here everybody wears green because that’s what we remember most of our country because it is so green. So I’m OK with that too.”
- May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.
- Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer-and another one!
- May your troubles be less, And your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.