St. Patrick’s Day 2011 – Let’s get the party started… Globally!
St. Patrick is remembered around the world on March 17th, with North America being home to some of the most spectacular productions. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York is a rather splendid affair as it marches up 5th Avenue to the beat of countless marching bands; while Hot Springs, Arkansas parades its procession down Bridge Street and, despite it being reputedly the shortest street in the world, there’s plenty to keep you occupied along the way. In London, marching bands from the UK, Ireland and the US strut their stuff through the center of their cities. You’ll even find celebrations from Singapore to Bangladesh and from Beijing to Aukland, as a little Irish tends to go a long, long way!
Landmarks across the planet also share in the festivities by turning green such as France’s Moulin Rouge, the London Eye in the UK, and Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa!
And here’s something you mightn’t know…
Ireland wasn’t the first country to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade and, up until 1970, pubs across Ireland closed their doors as a mark of respect for this religious occasion! It was, in fact, colonial New York City that hosted the first official St. Patrick’s Day parade back in 1762, when Irish immigrants in the British colonial army marched down the city streets to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Dublin’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade is little more than 75 years old, but the occasion has changed dramatically since then!
Source: Ireland Tourism