Thursday, March 17, 2011
St. Patrick's Day, Vancouver
St. Patrick in the Patron Saint of Ireland. He was before North and South. St. Patrick's Breastplate is the most famous of the prayers attributed to this most courageous man.
The Blarney Stone is just one of the pubs that will celebrate this day. Already at noon their premises are filling for the day's celebration. They have Irish folk singers, singing those favourite of songs, pre and Post IRA. Donovan and U2, the Pogues and more. Some tenor will no doubt sing Danny Boy more than once today and tears will no doubt flow. Ireland is a land of song and dance. Irish Dancers will be featured. Irish Dance was made famous yet again by River Dance. The Blarney Stone even offers Irish pipes. The streets in Gastown is already closed off for the pedestrian good cheer. Others today will be reading "How the Irish Saved Civilization" which features St. Patrick. St. Brendan will no doubt also be honored as he is said to have sailed from Ireland to North America. Brendan's Voyage is equivalent to the Kon Tiki Expedition in showing the likelihood and feasibility of this historical claim. In years past the Irish Parade in Vancouver has been one of the biggest and most attended. This is amazing because the weather has often been deplorable but nothing to put the Irish off.