Gotta say…I love a good parade. Especially for St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve celebrated in five different cities so far. I look forward to experiencing other celebrations in cities around the world….like Ireland!
The amazing parade floats, drinking in public, and avoiding the flying cabbage on the streets of New Orleans is fun times! My favorite, so far, has been the giant parade in Denver, one of the biggest celebrations in the US. I also love small town parades, like in Fort Collins, which are all about the community. Last year was definitely the weirdest, being in another country. Chile obviously doesn’t celebrate the holiday, or even understand what the big deal is. Gotta love it! 🙂
This year’s parade time found me in Colorado Springs. Definitely a different experience. I got to enjoy the festivities with a sister and brother who live here, as well as with a new friend I’ve made. The “holiday vibe” was very different here. The police presence was pretty huge (this town has violent tendencies). The parade was more of a big advertisement opportunity, rather than the community participation that I prefer to see.
Usually, I would hit up an Irish pub with friends, but today I ended up at a Jamaican restaurant for lunch, with a Red Stripe in my hand instead of a Guinness. But that’s okay, it’s all good. I’ll save the Irish Stout for the 17th!
Here’s a couple snapshots I took today with my phone:
Quite a big difference from last year. No parades, of course, but I did find an Expat pub, in Santiago, Chile, that was celebrating the holiday. Had a fabulous time and ended up meeting a ton of amazing people, both expat and local. Since I don’t have many pics, I’ll throw in some pictures from last year’s celebration at California Cantina ….