This article is about the parades and celebrations that have come to be associated with the holiday. For information on the serious religious background to Saint Patrick's Day, please see my post Saint Patrick's Day: Some Background to the Holiday
For the "greening" campaign out of Ireland to have monuments and buildings worldwide glow green for Saint Patrick's Day, please see my post Saint Patrick's Day and the Greening of Monuments which has gone from its meager start in 2009 to over 500 greenlit landmarks one decade later in 2019.
一道精品视频一区二区Ireland, the three-leafed shamrock was used by Patrick to explain to early converts about the Catholic concept of the Trinity, Patrick would hold the shamrock up to the potential convert to explain how there could be one God who has three parts - Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- just as the shamrock is one plant with three leaves.
As noted above, Ireland is very much a late-comer to the festive, non-religious celebrations so common elsewhere. Those interested in promoting tourism to Ireland saw this as something of a missed opportunity and by the 1970's the sale of alcohol once banned (as it was on Sundays and all Roman Catholic holidays)
was lifted, but the holiday remained still primarily religious in nature.
In 1995, the government of Ireland itself began to promote the idea of sponsoring St. Patrick's Day parades and festivals. As Borgna Brunner explains:
|Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade|
|New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade|
一道精品视频一区二区New York Cityis the largest St. Patrick's parade worldwide with between 150,000 and 200,000 marchers each year. The 2002 New York St. Patrick's Day Parade honoring the "heroes of 9/11" in the wake of the terrorists attacks in September 2001 hit the record, with 300,000 marchers. Each year an estimated 2 million spectators line the route along Fifth Avenue. New York has had an official parade on Saint Patrick's Day since 1762, giving it the title of the oldest such parade in the United States, predating the birth of the Republic by 14 years. For more on the New York parade, please see:
|South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade|
|Forsyth Park Fountain flows green|
in Savannah, Georgia
|Philadelphia's St. Patrick's Day Parade|
|Louisville's "Blessing of the Beer" takes|
place at the Bluegrass Brewing Company
Louisville also hosts the more traditional St. Patrick's Day celebration of a major downtown parade on St. Patrick's Day itself. For more on the two beer events, please see:
One of the most remarkable parades hosted by a smaller town in the United States is that of Morristown,
|Morristown's Saint Patrick's Day Parade |
features a "Native Dogs of Ireland" procession
|Butte's St. Patrick's Day Parade|
began in 1881 in the midst of the
American Wild West
Butte has run the parade annually since 1882 when the town was an outpost in the American Wild West. Billing itself as "Ireland's Fifth Province," Butte has a largely Irish-American population with its next largest ethnic group consisting of Finnish-Americans. For this reason, Butte actually begins its festivities with events honoring Finnish St. Urho's Day on March 16. In addition to the parade itself, Butte hosts several musical venues, a Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Dinner, and (on the weekend closest to March 17) the Duggan Dolan Blarney Stone 5K Fun Run.
|Chicago River dyed green for |
St. Patrick's Day
Additionally, Chicago has a South Side Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Temporarily suspended in 2010 when the organizers felt the parade had gotten too large to manage, the parade is once again regularly being offered.
|Manchester Tradfest musicians|
|Montreal St. Patrick's Day float|
|Reconquista Festejo de San Patricio|