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I know, I know. We promised more notice and a big to-do about the 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Havana. Then sadly, it was officially cancelled due to lack of funding and time constraints.
BUT NOW THE PARADE IS BACK ON! So we're sorry for the short notice, but we want to extend to you the invitation to participate in any of the following ways:
1) COME WITH US! You can fly through Nassau, Bahamas. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Flights from Bahamas to Cuba run $389. Jet Blue flies cheap to the Bahamas. The parade is Tuesday, March 21st.
2) SEND GREEN STUFF DOWN WITH US. Since we’re operating on a shoestring budget, we’re looking for more green to fill the streets:
Green dresses to donate the drag queens
Green Fabric for banners and ‘floats’
Green pencils, candies to give to kids
Green anything else
Large Suitcases (preferably with wheels), for transporting costumes to Cuba.
3) SEND US DOWN THERE WITH GREEN STUFF--LITERALLY. Right now we're still scraping to buy plane tickets for the four organizers. Obviously money is tight for everyone. But if you feel like making a monetary contribution to the parade, no amount is too small (or too big!).
Click on the link below to check out the first annual parade......
And to hear more about the motivation for the project.....
While visiting Cuba in 2007, I was surprised to discover one of the main streets of Havana bore my last name (well sort of, thanks to some changes made to mine at Ellis Island). Calle O’Reilly was named after Alejandro O’Reilly, an Irishman who served as a general in the Spanish army in 18th-century Cuba, and later served as governor of Spanish-occupied Louisiana. He was a forerunner to the abolitionist movement. O’Reilly was one of many Irish that settled in Cuba during the 18th and 19th centuries as soldiers or railroad workers. This gave rise to several prominent historical figures of Irish-Cuban decent, and a symbiotic history between Cuba and Ireland. Today, many Cubans with Irish last names still reside in Havana.
Though St. Patrick’s Day is the Irish national holiday honoring the patron saint of Ireland, the tradition of the St. Patrick’s Day parade is entirely American. Irish serving in the British army, stationed in Boston Massachusetts organized the first parade in 1737. It started as nothing more than singing and drunken revelry and perhaps a longing for families and friends left behind on distant shores. 200 years later the tradition was adopted in Ireland. Today, the parades exist in 15 nations spread out over six continents.
In recent years, the St. Patrick’s Day parade in America has become a symbol to many of exclusion and religious piety, drifting far away from its beginnings.
The Havana San Patricio parade is reclamation of its origins as a cultural exchange impromptu celebration and the romanticized vision of a distant land separated by the sea.
It is also a social experiment during a time when the in the United States and Cuban government policies regarding public assembly are becoming almost indistinguishable.
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