Celebrating Cultures, Promoting Integration
Ireland and the world celebrated yesterday (March 17) St Patrick’s Day 2019 with parades, parties and endless activities. This year around half a million attendees were estimated in Dublin city.
This Festival is a monumental occasion for Ireland. More than 3,000 people took part in the country’s largest St Patrick’s Day parade, celebrating Irish storytelling.
Thousands of people attended this and other events across the country when Irish and international bands charmed the crowds and offered rhythmically captivating music, floats, street theatre and ceremonies. Organisers estimated that more than 100,000 overseas visitors joined the home crowd, enjoying around two hours of performances.
There were 8 American Marching bands, 2 Irish and 1 German. Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring led the parade joined by the Grand Marshals, Deirdre O’Kane and Jason Byrne. President Michael D Higgins made also an appearance and, one of the highlights of the day was the flyover by the Irish Air Corps -their very first time participating in a yearly parade.
Even though showers had been forecasted, it was a sunny afternoon.
Here, some of the pictures taken from St. Patrick’s Catedral, Dame St and Westmoreland St.
All the images by Andreina Gonzalez.
As stated by RTE News, St Patricks Day is the national holiday that’s marked in more countries around the world than any other – and it’s also the day when everyone wants to be Irish. Sinead Crowley reported hundreds of thousands of people taking part in the Festival events in Dublin:
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 17, 2019
President Michael D Higgins tweeted on the day, giving value to what green truly means these days:
“This year, as famous buildings and landmarks around the world turn green in honour of #StPatricksDay, let us resolve to play our part, however small, in the achieving of a greener world in its truest sense.”https://t.co/MmZ5MDbTGe pic.twitter.com/dRGxMXwEyx
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 17, 2019
Visit St. Patrick’s Festival Website to know today’s events. Don’t miss out!