Saint Patrick's Day Parade

On Smith street in Providence.

http://www.providencestpatricksparade.org/

St. Patrick's Day is March 17th, each year. The first Irish celebrations that took place in St. Patrick's honor on the date of his death were noisy affairs in Ireland! The Irish who immigrated to America took the celebration with them....they were not going to forget to remember their Saint Patrick in March! St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in North America since 1737.

The St. Patrick's Day parade was first held in Boston in 1737, organized by the Charitable Irish Society. New York's celebration began on 18 March 1762 when Irish soldiers in the British army marched through the city. The predominantly French-speaking Canadian city of Montréal, in the province of Québec has the longest continually running Saint Patrick's day parade in North America, since 1824.

It all began when some of the Irish in Boston took to the streets to celebrate the formation of an Irish Charitable Society.... they can now lay claim to being the first parade! Today St. Patrick's Day boasts of the largest number of ethnic celebrations in North America! New Orleans remembers him with just 2 of the now 122 parades for Ireland's national hero.The biggest parade, held in New York, originated in 1762 when a group of Irish-born militia on their way to a breakfast celebrating St. Patrick's Day staged an impromptu march through the streets of Colonial New York with their regimental band. They've been marching ever since!

Providence St. Patrick Day Parade

March 9, 2013

Smith Street Providence

 

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  • Per

    I probably won't show up until 7pm or so

    March 8, 2013

    • Niko

      Per, we will all be asleep by then. Give us a call! :)

      March 8, 2013

    • Per

      Now it says that it started at 11:30am, yesterday it said 4:30pm. What happened?

      March 9, 2013

  • Niko

    The longest running St. Patrick's Day parade, believe it or not, hails from Montréal. Check out this clip of the locals singing on a day where absolutely everybody is Irish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y3-sbhhNTA&feature=player_embedded#!

    March 8, 2013

    • Samuel S.

      Tons of Irish there. My dad first emigrated to Montreal and then to the US.

      March 8, 2013

    • Niko

      It's the Catholic thing. All boats passed through Montréal on the way to Toronto and Chicago.

      March 9, 2013

  • Niko

    Thank you Meredith for pointing out that it is a faux-pas to use St. Patty with the letter t. There is not a sinner in Ireland that would refer to a Patrick as “Patty”. It’s as simple as that. There is even a website set up to explain it. http://paddynotpatty.com/ You learn something every day. As Socrates once said: "The only thing I do know, is that I know nothing."

    1 · March 3, 2013

    • Samuel S.

      Plus corned beef and cabbage is NOT Irish!

      March 8, 2013

  • Niko

    Snow today, gone tomorrow! Sunny weather for the parade. See you all there!

    March 8, 2013

  • Silvi

    On my way to NYC to meet my sister for the weekend. Good luck with the race Sam and Vanessa. Have fun celebrating afterwards!

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll come out and play when the weather warms up! :) I'm still hibernating.

    March 7, 2013

    • Niko

      Isn't 45˚F warm Janice?

      March 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I heard 40, but it ends up I have a meeting up in Boston tomorrow anyway. Have a good time!

      March 8, 2013

  • Samuel S.

    Vanessa and I will be a bit late as we're running the Irish 5k at 11am.

    March 6, 2013

    • Niko

      Hey EuRhodies! Let's get there earlier and cheer Sam and Vanessa on! Looks like 8˚C and sun Saturday. So it will be warm.

      March 7, 2013

  • SabineG.

    maybe with or without my guys

    March 2, 2013

  • Meredith W

    St Patrick's or Paddy's Day parade (not Patty's)... just sayin'!

    March 1, 2013

  • Niko

    The website will not allow me to designate a street corner as an address. We will meet close to the end of the parade so we could all hang out afterwards. Please prepare for the parking fiasco that it will be. And don't forget to have a designated driver.

    So two Irishman walk into a bar............

    February 28, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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