Monday, April 6, 2015

10th Annual St. Patrick's Day 2015 Celebration in Singapore

The legacy of Saint Patrick (approximately 385-481 AD ) is found, in part, in celebration of his Saint’s  Day, which corresponds to the day of his death, March 17. Originally, it was only celebrated in Ireland and was considered a more somber day of remembrance than its modern incarnation.

This year St. Patrick’s Day was much bigger and grander than last year. There were two stages located at each ends of the street with the usual participating pubs and restaurants. As always, Guinness was the official beer for the event. Thanks to Guinness Singapore, I was invited.

The march started from the Art House. I can feel the massive crowd. This is the 10th year of celebration in Singapore. It shows the closeness of the Irish community and Singaporean in Singapore. The march passes the Asian Civilization Museum and crosses the bridge and end at UOB Plaza. There were dance performances, singing by various groups such as Irish Inspirational Dancers, The Disclaimers, Oli & Ana, The Craic Horse, Seisiúnistas etc.

Family oriented activities such as face painting, balloon sculpting for both adults and children. 

The Patron of the Parade was the Ambassador of Ireland to SIngapore, his excellency Geoffrey Keating.

It was wonderful to witness such closeness between the two countries through the annual St. Patrick’s Day event. We shall wait for 2016. Remember to join and have fun. 

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