2017 Brisbane St Patricks Day Parade
Saturday March 11, 2017 at 10:30am
2017’s parade will take place along a new route starting and ending outside the Botanic Gardens on Alice Street in the CBD. See the map below. The proposed event is expected to attract a similar number of spectators to 2016, with plans to improve the parade via an increase in the quality and quantity of floats and vibrant visual displays participating.
Photo by katherine o’malley with thanks from St Patricks Day
The St Patrick’s Day Parade is organised by the St Patrick’s Day Parade Association Inc. This group hosts the St Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as the 7 day Brisbane Irish Festival, which surrounds the parade. As an example of the diverse events and entertainment presented to the community as a part of Brisbane Irish Festival, 2016’s festival included Ireland The Show, Gaelic Family Sports Day, an Irish Traditional Music Night, Charity Ball and much more.
The Brisbane Irish Festival continues to grow in popularity, as well as size, now involving the greater Brisbane district. It is hoped that with your help the festival will continue to grow, offering residents and visitors within Queensland a vibrant major community event.
There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city
A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”
Saint Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.
Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!