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17 March 2014 - St. Patrick's Day 2014

Publié par Clifford Armion le 17/03/2014


St. Patrick's Day 2014: Parade, History, Facts, And Religious Significance Of The Celebration

Staff (The Huffington Post)
St. Patrick's Day is best known for parades, beer, and turning rivers green, but the holiday has a long history that's more somber than its current incarnation.
St. Patrick was born around 387 C.E. in Scotland, and turned to God once he was kidnapped by slave traders and brought to Ireland to be a shepherd.
St. Patrick's Day originated as a Roman Catholic holiday recognizing St. Patrick, and was brought to America by Irish immigrants as a way of affirming their identity. It's since been adopted by Americans of all backgrounds.
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Live from Ireland

LIVE St Patrick's Day parades 2014: Thousands of families celebrate in Belfast and right across Ireland
Staff (The Belfast Telegraph)
Thousands have lined the streets of Belfast today for the annual pomp and celebration of the St Patrick’s Day parades.
Along with a host of colourful - mainly green - characters, the celebrations is being led by the Patron Saint of Ireland himself ‘St Patrick’.
He's joined by Belfast's Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, along with dozens of eye-catching floats, among them a ‘Back to The Future’ flying DeLorean and a Doctor Who Tardis.
Hundreds of families descended on the city today, with parade leaving City Hall at noon before heading to a Custom House Square for a day of traditional live entertainment, along with something a bit more modern.
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Beer and politics

Guinness pulls out of New York's St Patrick's Day parade over gay rights
Reuters (The Guardian)
Guinness has pulled out of New York’s St Patrick’s Day parade because gay and lesbian groups have been excluded, costing the organisers of Monday’s event a key sponsor.
The move came as Boston’s Irish-American mayor skipped his city’s St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday after failing to hammer out a deal with organisers to allow a group of gay and lesbian activists to march openly.
“Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade,” the brewer said in a written statement issued by a spokesman for its UK parent company, Diageo.
“As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy,” Guinness said.
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Chicago celebrations

Chicago river turns green to mark Saint Patrick's Day
Agency (The Independent)
The Chicago River glowed a bright emerald green yesterday as the city kicked off its St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Thousands of cheering onlookers clustered along downtown bridges as members of Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Local 130 began dumping containers of dye into the river from motorboats Saturday morning. The annual tradition began at 9:30 a.m. and immediately precedes the St. Patrick's Day parade.
The union has done the dyeing since 1962. Organisers had feared that large chunks of ice would impede the process, but recent warm temperatures kept the river clear. The hue typically lasts about six to 12 hours.
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