Photos: Saint Patrick’s Day Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland (Part 1 of 2)

I don’t remember the last time I attended a parade filled with performers and floats. It would probably be the Manila Pride March back in 2011. Since then we’ve had crazy performances like with my dragon boat team doing a Sinulog number.

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The mood of the parade if you’re in the right places.

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17. It’s the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (AD 385-461) who was the foremost saint of Ireland.

I met up with my colleagues who found a vantage point from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The parade started at 12:00 PM local time but it didn’t reach our part of the route until about 1:30 PM. The weather was cold, the skies were sunny (heard that in the previous year it was snowing), and the crowds looked excited.

(I think the local population headed away from the city. Maybe the crowds were mostly tourists.)

I had a good time because it was watching a tradition. Here are some photos I took.

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Looking for a place along the parade route.

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They have some of the best views, eh?

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Checking out the parade route.

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Get your face painted!

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I got a shamrock.

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From the roof.

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