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Manchester St Patricks Parade 2017

2017 Manchester St Patricks Day Parade

Parade Saturday 18th March 2017

Manchester St Patrick’s Parade

The Manchester Festival runs Friday 3rd March – Friday 17th March 2017 

2017 Manchester Irish Festival set to maintain its crown as Europe’s biggest Irish Festival

This years’ 2017 Manchester Irish Festival is expected to attract over 200,000 people to its two week, 17 day celebration.

Manchester Irish Festival

The Manchester Irish Festival Market in Albert Square includes

  • Irish Foods
  • Irish Music and DVDs
  • Jewellery
  • Arts And Crafts
  • Souvenirs
  • Irish Village Green
  • Leprechaun House
  • Irish Books
  • Clothing
  • Childrens Rides
  • Manchester Irish Festival

Saint Patrick 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.