St. Patrick’s Day: From Japan to Africa to US and ‘space’, world goes green (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Most Irish will scoff at the cliché of drinking beer that’s been dyed green. However, when it comes to illuminating iconic buildings, they can’t get enough. This year, even Ethiopia has got involved, with 2019 marking the first time the rock-hewn Bete Giyorgis church in Lalibela has been turned green as part of the Global Greening initiative.
This #GlobalGreening was announced by Minister Hirut Kassaw and Taoiseach (PM) Leo Varadkar when he visited #Ethiopia in January 2019. Ireland celebrates 25 years of relations with #Ethiopia@campaignforleo@TheReporterET@IrishTimes@rtenews@Capitaleth@thejournal_iepic.twitter.com/tP3GnM35Lz— Irish Embassy Addis (@IrlEmbEthiopia) March 16, 2019
This Irish in Chicago have no such scruples about what can and can’t be green on March 17, with its river once again pumped with green goo to give it that wonderful radioactive glow.
Visiting the Windy City on Saturday was controversial Irish MMA star Conor McGregor, who joined a surprised Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the head of its parade. The Notorious also found time to ride the plumbers float blasting the Backstreet Boys, before shipping up to Boston to psych up the Bruins hockey team.
Those hoping to catch the parade in Dingle, County Kerry in Ireland’s southwest had to be up very early in order to catch its pre-dawn march at 6am. Officially the earliest parade in Ireland, the tradition dates back to the 1880s when the ruling British authorities banned marching during daylight hours in a bid to prevent militant agrarianism.
The evocative sounds of the fife & drum echoing through the dark streets of Dingle - Ireland’s earliest St. Patrick’s Day parade 6am— Seán Mac an tSíthigh (@Buailtin) March 17, 2019
Tradition dates to the Land War of 1880s when marching was banned between sunrise and sunset, so the people of Dingle came out before daybreak. pic.twitter.com/kLpjOL2wGk
It’s not all party when it comes to St. Paddy’s Day though. US troops stationed in Japan took the opportunity to show their strength by hurling a massive “Blarney Stone,” seemingly unaware that one needs to actually kiss the rock in order gain the much sought after “gift of the gab.”
Sláinte! Happy #StPatricksDay!— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) March 17, 2019
We don’t typically think of physical fitness on this day of celebration, but this Marine put his strength to the test by hurling the "Blarney Stone" during a St. Patrick’s Day competition in Japan. #KnowYourMilpic.twitter.com/HmJBrkLepm
And what about the Irish love for a good sing-song? Irish-American actor and Brooklyn native Malachy McCourt was spotted serenading Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a folk classic on the streets of New York.
Even NASA got in on the spirit of the Irish with a video showing that celebrating St Patrick’s Day is truly out of this world
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