Mar 17 2016The Shortest St Patrick’s Day Parade
I know that my father-in-law Paddy had one or two (or more) of the 13 million pints of Guinness that will be drunk worldwide today.
His grandson Will is attending a St Patrick’s Day ball tonight, during which I am sure he will also contribute to this worthy international effort.
As noted on this day in Wilt back in 2011, they are both loyally participating in an Australian tradition dating back more than 200 years.
In 1810, Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared St Patrick’s Day, March 17th, as an official day of celebration. Australia has been celebrating on that day ever since. Until this year, Sydney hosted the second biggest St Patrick’s Day parade in the world. Unfortunately, the parade committee’s finances have mirrored the Irish national finances and the parade is cancelled this year.
Our family circus travelled through Dripsey, County Cork, in 2006. Clearly the town is very proud to be the ‘Home of the shortest St Patrick’s Day Parade of the 20th Century‘. Today, after referring to the Guinness Book of World Records (how appropriate!), I can finally take that theatric quizzical look from Alex’s face.
My research has revealed that those stalwart St Patricks Day paraders in Dripsey will have to troop all the way out the front door of The Weigh Inn Pub and march until they reach the welcome relief of the only other pub in town, the Lee Valley – a total distance of 23.4 metres. A man truely is not a camel.
There are lots of such WTF? moments in Ireland.
Greg R. has submitted some Irish Trivia: Feel free to submit your answers in the comments section below.
Finally, a St Patrick’s Day toast to you all
“May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”