Nottingham St Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

The 37th Annual Syracuse St. Patrick’s Parade on S. Salina St. in downtown Syracuse

Nottingham St Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

Tens of thousands of people are expected to line the streets of South Boston for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

You don't have to be one of them, however, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The Primates of all Ireland, Archbishops Clarke and Martin, commemorated St Patrick's Day, at a special joint event in the shared space between our two magnificent Cathedrals.

"We are using every opportunity to capitalise on Ireland's heightened profile this weekend; the saturation coverage about Ireland across the global airwaves, in newspapers and digital media, is an invaluable boost for our overall 2019 tourism promotional drive".

The holiday continued to grow in Ireland in the years following, with large demonstrations taking place in Dublin in 1916, mere weeks before the Easter Rising, and the first official, government-sponsored parade took place in Dublin in 1931.

Thousands of people took part in festivities across Northern Ireland to celebrate St Patrick on Sunday, March 17.

A flyer posted around Dublin commanded the reader to "observe the National Holiday as an Irishman should". Traditionally, the Irish go to church in the morning and pray for missionaries.

However we also get reports of police concerns over criminal and anti-social behaviour through mindless binge drinking during the festivities.

Most of the USA celebrates the occasion as a secular holiday.

Patrick's beliefs and focus are largely ignored each year and even the history books do not always include forgotten details about him, such as the fact that he, as a pre-Roman Celtic Christian and all those who came after him that spread Irish Christianity to Britain and Europe, took the Fourth Commandment literally by resting on the Sabbath (Saturday), as opposed to the later imposition of Sunday.

Although the traditional meal eaten on the holiday in Ireland is lamb or bacon, Irish-Americans eat corned beef and cabbage. Shamrocks are also the national flower/emblem of Ireland.

The color green is a nod to Ireland's nickname, the Emerald Isle.

How did you spend St Patrick's Day? Green is associated with the Irish nationalist movement against the English crown in the 1600s. Of course, Irish food and drink also comes in abundance.

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