St Patricks Day in Ireland
Two trends regarding St Patricks Day in Ireland have become obvious to me over the last couple of years.
The first one is that the 21st century has started to produce parades in virtually every and any little town and village.
Everybody wants to have their own shot at hosting their very own parade. Even if it covers barely a quarter of a mile and is all over in ten minutes. Why?
I think it's because of the second trend that I see- these days pretty much anything goes on St Patricks Day in Ireland. As you will discover on the photos below, parades still feature some of the obligatory items such as marching bands and kids playing the tin whistle, but there is a general acceptance now of St Paddys Day parades being an opportunity for self-expression.
Have a look here and see what self-expression Galway, Ireland has come up with!
Street art is big in Galway. Galway's own street theatre group Macnas, famous for their Arts Festival Parades feature at every parade with drums and street action. This street artist is fulfilling a long harboured wish- to order the Gardai (police) around!
Irish dancing of course is a MUST on St Patricks Day in Ireland.
The Galway Hooker boat, a big Galway symbol.
Positive visualisation on behalf of this Camogie team. Reading the banner made me smile.
The cuteness factor. As every sports club wants to be present and visible in the parade, they bring out the sweetest tots.
Galway Community Circus put on an impressive display. Incredible, the kind of stuff even kids can learn to do!
Charities, too, contribute to the parade, to raise awareness and much needed funds.
The Claddagh symbol, one of the big Galway symbols. No parade is complete without it!
Dressing up and face painting in Galway is very easygoing, anything goes really. Come as you feel comfortable. This town is pretty informal.
The Irish Traveller Movement showcasing an antique travellers waggon at the parade, a piece of nostalgia.
Some tractors, too. Well, anything goes...
...and a vintage car...followed by Tom Duffy's Circus who are currently in town...
...and throw in a dragon for good measure!
This is what the old parades looked like, the ones you saw twenty years ago. It used to be ALL kids playing the tin whistle!
Hi there, like what you just saw and read on this website? Why not tell all your friends about it so that they, too, can enjoy our content! We have some easy to use social options on this website at the top left and at the very bottom of all pages. Thanks very much for your support!
Warmest regards from Susanna and Colm.
Click here and here for more St. Patrick's Day photos.
Return to the top of this page.
Return to 'Irish history'
We invest a lot of our own funds and free time into this website so that you can find out about Irish culture, heritage and history.
Please return the favour and help us cover our cost by clicking on Google ads and/ or buying us a cup of coffee! Thank you so much in advance.
Warmest regards, Colm & Susanna
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...
Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?
- Click on the HTML link code below.
- Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment,
your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.
Customs and Traditions
About This Website