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Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:16 pm

Important historical figures are frequently shadowed by the myths and legends attributed to them over the course of centuries, and St. Patrick is no exception. He is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, St. Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works, the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a "most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God."

Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been -- the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the "Holy Wells" that still bear this name.

There are several accounts of St. Patrick's death. One says that St. Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the "evil eye." Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York City, USA, Dublin, Ireland, and Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:27 pm

My town doesnt, we're a bunch of pollocks.... including me! But the next town over does, and it has a hughe parade, usually drawing about 10k people and this year the grand marshall is none other than the (dis)(depending on ur view) honorable tom ridge
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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Fri Mar 17, 2006 12:25 am

Why should any town outside of Ireland celebrate St Patrick's Day, I mean is St Davids day celebrated world wide? Now if you are talking about an excuse to get drunk well go ahead.

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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Fri Mar 17, 2006 12:40 am

Well quite a few places in Argentina do. In the interior small cities of the Pampas there is a significant Irish-descended population. Since Argentina was the largest non-English colony recipient of Celtic immigrants in the world, quite a few of the small towns have celebrations for 'San Patricio'.

The big cities in Argentina all have events, but not a central location, except for Buenos Aires. There on Saint Patrick's night an entire avenue in the Irish Pub area of town closes down and tens of thousands show up, to drink of course, and wear green.

Makes sense since BA has a suburb called Hurlingham, and yes, they do play the game there in the largest club of it's kind in Latin America.
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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:22 am

There is an "Ireland-Festival" in Zurich on the "Muensterhof" tomorrow between noon and 23.00 at night. The event is organised jointly by the City of Zurich and the Irish embassy.
 
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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:52 am

In San Antonio, and in many other cities in the U.S., some waterways are dyed green and there is usually some kind of parade.
In Austin, they usually have some kind of concert with any bands that sound remotely Irish (think from Irish folk music to Flogging Molly.) There is usually Bass, Guiness and Harp being sold for a ridiculous price.

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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:55 am

Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 5):
In San Antonio, and in many other cities in the U.S., ome waterways are dyed green...

Does SA really need to add dye for a green river? What they need to add is odor-neutralizer.  biggrin 
 
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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:28 am

Atlanta does have a pretty decent parade every year. The thing about it that sucks is they moved it out of Buckhead into Downtown and now have it on the Saturday after St. Patrick's Day (At least it'll happen on the same day next year). The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta has been sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Atlanta since 1858. It's among the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parades in America.
 
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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:40 am

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 7):
Atlanta does have a pretty decent parade every year. The thing about it that sucks is they moved it out of Buckhead into Downtown and now have it on the Saturday after St. Patrick's Day (At least it'll happen on the same day next year). The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta has been sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Atlanta since 1858. It's among the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parades in America.

Dallas had their parade last Saturday which I thought was kind of odd considering the day itself is on a Friday this year.
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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:47 am

Here in New Orleans we celebrate everything, and will use most any excuse to have either a festival or a parade. Here's a summary of events planned around St. Patty's Day:

http://www.nola.com/stpatricks/index.ssf/?content/events.html

By the way, my mother (RIP crying  ) would have turned 70 today, and her name was, you guessed it......Patricia.

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RE: Does Your Town Celebrates St. Patrick's Day?

Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:20 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 9):

By the way, my mother (RIP crying ) would have turned 70 today, and her name was, you guessed it......Patricia.

Really sad Tom, nevertheless you will find the courage to get over such sadness.
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