A Small St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Ireland

A Small St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Ireland

St. Patrick’s day is obviously an important day here in Ireland. People get the day off of work and school, towns have parades and all the shops do bit of decorating. But really, I don’t think it’s too huge of a celebration. All the big cities have parades and neat decorations, but here in Castle Island, I joined a handful of friends for a small parade.

The weather was stereotypical of Ireland – heavy rain and cold winds. I got completely drenched, but it was worth it. The parade wasn’t much – a lot of tractors, some vintage cars,  the primary schools with banners and things, some musical floats, that sort of thing. There were a lot of floats about Trump, which I didn’t really understand. All in all, a nice parade.

From what I can see, this is the thing most towns do. Apparently in the bigger cities ( Cork and Dublin) the parade is bigger and they’ll light up buildings. I know some of my friends plan to go out this weekend in celebration, and that also seems to be the norm. St. Patrick’s day is more of a one day celebration, than a week-long thing. It was a really great experience to have while studying abroad, and I had a lot of fun!

Have you celebrated a holiday while studying abroad? Share your experience below in the comments!

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