The Return of Saint Patrick’s Day

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The biggest Irish festival took place this year after a two-year wait. The St Patrick’s Day parade had its editions cancelled in the years 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it took place again on March 17, 2022, in Ireland.

Video by: Ana Chagas

Photo by: Ana Chagas

The parade in Dublin began at noon on Parnell Square, down O’Connell Street, past College Green and Dame Street, before descending on Lord Edward Street and ending on Kevin Street around 2 pm.

As expected, the festival had the population decked out and in the holiday mood, with around 400,000 people from all around Ireland, as well as from around the world, according to the festival organizers.

Green beer was being sold after the parade and the pubs in the city centre were full of green people.

Video by: Ana Chagas

The commemoration was made all around the world, as happened on the Chicago River, in the USA, turned to green to celebrate the Irish day.  

St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland commemorating the patron saint of the country. The Catholic Church observes it as an official Christian feast day since the early 17th century. Public parades and celebrations are common, as is the wearing of green clothing or shamrocks. Saint Patrick’s Day is now observed in numerous nations, and current celebrations, notably those in North America, have been heavily influenced by those of the Irish diaspora.

Saint Patrick was a Romano-British Christian missionary and Bishop in Ireland around the fifth century. He is thought to have been born in the fourth century in Roman Britain. Irish raiders captured him and sold him as a slave in Gaelic Ireland. He worked as a shepherd for six years there, during which time he met God, who advised him to run to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to carry him home. Patrick went on to become a priest after returning home.

Patrick returned to Ireland, according to legend, to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. He evangelized in the northern portion of Ireland for many years, converting thousands of people.

Patrick is also known for being the person who drove the snakes out of Ireland.

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  1. it was wonderful to be able to see the parade for the first time, I have been here for two years and I only heard stories about this day.

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