I’m blogging right from the heart of the madness of St Patrick’s Parade in Dublin. I’ve got an eagle eye view from the bus and I’ll be keeping you updated throughout… stay tuned!
St Patrick’s Day has meant parades for as long as I can remember. But there’s another new tradition raising its cheerful head the past few years; the Flash Mob.
Watch how Toronto got flash-mobbed yesterday by the best in Irish music
Another St Patrick’s tradition we’ve managed to evolve (aren’t they coming out our ears at this stage) is the simple but fantastically effective marriage of famous buildings and green light.
Empire State Building, London Eye, Syndey Opera House – we’ve greened them all.
I’ll be posting the latest ‘greenings’ from around the world as they come in (New Zealand should be very soon!), but here’s a taste from the greenings in Dublin City last night.
We’re just about to kick off the parade and The Shorecrest Highlanders are raring to go…you can’t beat the sound of bagpipes on St Paddy’s Day, it wouldn’t be the same without them!
Nor were this crowd from Bui Bolg in Wexford. An ‘interesting’ looking lot, aren’t they?
And the parade has officially started! I don’t want to jinx it but so far Dublin is doing well weather wise…
The crowd has really made the effort this year. I love nothing more than seeing rows and rows of giant leprechaun hats!
You’ve probably noticed a few buildings worldwide undergoing the ‘greening’ and here’s another from Dublin. This one is from the Glasnevin Cemetery and their O’Connell memorial!
Ok we had a few raindrops there but St Patrick has demanded the sun return, hurrah!
We’re getting off this bus soon to another one where I can catch the real parade action like these fantastic floats…
The first greening shot is in. Behold, the Sky Tower in Auckland!
Remember, we know how to go green here in Northern Ireland too:
This dragon is creeping me out a little and some of the younger kids too!
Some pretty amazing acrobatics from this girl!
What’s in store for London tonight…
This is my favorite float so far…from Bui Bolg in County Wexford
The crowd are still going crazy here for the University of Missouri marching band, there must be some classmates out there
And here are their loyal supporters…
And to celebrate the Irish spirit, Table Mountain in South Africa has gone green too
I can’t get over the crowd today, they’re just so enthusiastic. It’s a sea of green!
We didn’t quite have the sun in the sky but at least it’s in the parade..
Have to say I’m loving the rainbow theme too!
Check out this fishy fellow, I don’t think he came from the River Liffey somehow.
These locals didn’t even have to leave the house to get a decent view…
I’m not too sure what this is but it looks great. Makes you wonder how much work goes into these fabulous floats!
It’s getting a bit chilly out but when you’ve props like these, you must be warm!
Imagine if it could take flight? It’s a blimp, right?
Ok folks, that’s the end of it. Hope everyone had a great parade and happy St Patrick’s Day!
And for one last St Patrick’s Day treat, here’s the world gone green for Ireland!
Happy St Patrick’s Day!!