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17 March 2015 - St Patrick's Day around the world

Publié par Clifford Armion le 17/03/2015


St Patrick’s Day: A guide to parades and events
Ciarán D'Arcy (The Irish Times)
An estimated half a million people will line the parade route between Parnell Square and St Patrick’s Cathedral to witness the nation’s largest St Patrick’s Day celebration.
The parade, which kicks off at noon on Tuesday, will adopt the theme of ‘Celebrate Now’ in recognition of Ireland’s contemporary arts and culture exploits. Featuring bands and performers from around the world, this year’s procession will be led by Grand Marshal Brendan O’Carroll of Mrs Brown’s Boys fame.
It will be the centrepiece of an extended St Patrick’s Festival involving exhibitions from the Guinness photography archive, a tribute to poet William Butler Yeats at the City Assembly House, a funfair at The Custom House and the annual Irish Beer and Whiskey Festival at the RDS.
Celebrations will also be taking place in various towns and villages across the county including the Swords parade, a family fun festival at Tallaght Stadium and a seafront concert in Dún Laoghaire, where the Harbour2Harbour walk in aid of Aware will set off at 10.30am.
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Australia

Australian PM accused of patronising Irish in St Patrick's Day message
Calla Wahlquist (The Guardian)
The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, has been criticised by his Irish counterpart, Enda Kenny, for perpetuating the “stage Irish” stereotype that the country’s culture is synonymous with alcohol after his St Patrick’s Day message mentioned having “a Guinness, or two, or maybe even three”.
The offending St Patrick’s Day video message was posted on YouTube on Friday and features Abbott cheerily waving his green tie, talking up Irish influences in Australian culture – which he described as songs and a sense of humour – and saying it was a good day for “anyone who cares to come to a party”.
It also included a dig at opposition political parties, saying: “It’s safe to say that this is the one day of the year when it’s good to be green.”
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USA

Green water: Cities dye rivers, fountains for St. Patrick's Day
Lori Grisham (USA Today)
For St. Patrick's Day, some cites in the USA get festive by dyeing local bodies of water green. USA TODAY Network takes a look at how different places celebrate the luck of the Irish.
For the 19th year, Indianapolis dyed a portion of its downtown canal green Monday.
Each year the city pours 10 gallons of concentrated liquid dye into the water, according to John Bartholomew a spokesman for the city department that oversees the canal. The dye turns the whole canal green and lasts about 2 to 4 days depending on whether it rains and dilutes the water, he said.
"It doesn't hurt the fish. All the dyes we use are environmentally friendly," according to Bartholomew. However, he said he did not know the exact brand used.
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NY parade

2 million expected at St. Patrick's Day parade; de Blasio still not marching
Jennifer Fermino (The Daily News)
Time to break out the green!
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade — which marks its 253rd year — kicks off on Fifth Ave. around 11 a.m. Tuesday with Timothy Cardinal Dolan as its grand marshal.
More than 2 million people are expected to come out and watch the colorful display of Irish pride including bands, dancers and marchers from around the country as well as from Ireland. The route continues up Fifth Ave. to 79th St.
For the first time, an openly gay group will be able to march under a banner. But Mayor de Blasio said the inclusion of NBC Universal’s contingent is not enough to persuade him to march.
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"17 March 2015 - St Patrick's Day around the world", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2015. Consulté le 01/10/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/17-march-2015-st-patrick-s-day-around-the-world