Salt Lake City St Patricks Parade
Written on February 10, 2016
St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Gateway Center, Salt Lake City
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Republic. Joining with commemorations throughout the world, the Hibernian Society of Utah is hosting a three-month celebration. Events begin February 20 with Ryan’s Daughter—the first in a series of free film screenings—run through the March 12th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Salt Lake City, and conclude April 25th, the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising which gave birth to modern state of Ireland.
Along the way Dublin singer-songwriter Pat Waters will be in Utah presenting the background of the Rising in story and song with his presentation “The Signatories 1916,” and Irish author Colm Toibin (author of Brooklyn, the novel turned into a 2014 Sundance movie), will lecture in one of several centennial events put on by Weber State University. We’ll also have showcases of Irish music and a dramatic February presentation A Terrible Beauty: Poetry of the Easter Rising.
The Easter Rising is the name given to a weeklong rebellion, centered in Dublin, that took place Easter week 1916, beginning Ireland’s War of Independence that led to an independent Irish nation. The Rising has particular significance for Americans of Irish descent as it took place a generation after the great migrations from Ireland to America and took its cues from America’s own fight for freedom.
The Hibernian Society of Utah has chosen the theme The Irish Rising! for our celebrations in order to commemorate not simply the week 100 years ago when Irishmen and Irishwomen made a stand “supported by her exiled children in America,” but in order to celebrate the flowering of Irish self-sufficiency, arts, language and culture that paved the way for the rebellion and continues to this day.
Please join us as we read out Ireland’s Proclamation of Independence to begin our Feb. 27 evening of poetry and music, at the Ireland Rising film series and at all of this spring’s commemorative events.