Inverness St Patricks Festival
Written on February 22, 2016
St Patricks Festival
Inverness Florida St Patricks Festival
Shamrock 5K and 1 mile walk
Invites all leprechauns and those wearing green St. Patrick’s inspired costumes to enter race. New this year, Start/Finish is at the Pine Street Pub and the race will lead into the St. Paddy’s Day Parade making for an awesome launch to the parade. More information at www.drcsports.com.
St Patrick’s Parade
follows the Shamrock 5K with over 50 entrants and 250 people. Beginning at the McLeod House Bistro on N. Apopka, the parade works its way through downtown Inverness Courthouse Square and up Pine Avenue past the Pine Street Pub. It’s about hometown pride and everyone is welcome to take part! Irish dancers, marching bands, floats and the Irish Wolfhound Brigade are just a sample of what you can expect.
Shamrock the Block
is a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. with the Doerfels Band, festival vendors with beer and wine.
The Leprechaun Costume Contest
will take place in between sets. This year we’ll have two age groups with ages 0 – 17, and 18 – older. Judged by crowd response for prizes.
honors Saint Patrick who is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.
According to different versions of his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.
Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”
Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.
In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.