Today is one of those great days in the year in Ireland when people come together to celebrate a bit of what it means to be Irish. Since I was a kid of 5 or 6 my parents would bring me to the Dublin parade. In the early 70’s I was in complete awe of the whole spectacle, marching bands from all over the world and those lovely American majorettes as they threw the batons high into the air and still manage to catch them all the time. To me the Dublin parade was probably equal to a child’s first visit to Disneyland. Today although times have changed and kids have so much exposure to all cultures and events through satellite TV and the introduction of cheap flight to all sorts of exotic places. As I watch kids today heading to the parade this morning it still has maintained that magic for today generation, and it’s fascinating to see the new Irish kids getting dressed up and excited about the whole event.
The entire of the entire island both North and South is less than six million, yet today St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated around from places as far apart as San Francisco, Beijing, Cape Town, Sydney and even the International Space Station. Very few countries in the world can get this incredible exposure of their culture, history and traditions, both celebrated and broadcast around the globe.
Let hope that good will to the Irish will always exist and we as a country know how unique today really is for our Nation.
Happy St Patrick’s day everyone!
Flight Engineer Cady Coleman aboard the International Space plays a tune on a flute belonging to The Chieftains, Matt Molloy’s to celebrate Patricks Day
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