2016 Saint Patrick’s Day Nottingham
2016 Nottingham St Patrick’s Day Parade
Thursday March 17th, 2016
County Kilkenny Leads the 2016 Parade
2016 sees the 17th Festival and Parade for the celebration of St Patrick in Nottingham, the first having been in the Centenary year 2000. This year we will be twinning with County Kilkenny.
The pupils, teachers and parents of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour RC School (Bulwell), St Mary’s RC School (Hyson Green) and Good Shepherd RC School (Woodthorpe) will display their artistic talents in the Parade. The young people will be wearing costumes based on the story of Oisin and Tir-Na-Nog.
Also in the parade will be John St John (The Lone Piper), Irish Wolfhounds and Joe Hickey as St Patrick. They will be accompanied by marching bands (The Trinity School Marching Band, Ski-Band and Musical Ruth), colourful vehicles (National Brewing Centre Vehicle – ALE 1, Nottingham’s Rose of Tralee Roses, Greyfriars – Agnes (Mrs Brown) Paradeand the boys, Vintage Fire Engine – Mansfield Fire Preservation Society, National Vintage Tractor Club, Nottingham Museums – Celer Car and the Comhaltas float) and several local groups (Caroline MacManus Irish Dancers, Glendaragh Irish Dancers, Mansfield Irish Society, The Golden Shamrock Club, Eugene Murphy’s Set Dancers, Hocus Pocus – Balloons, Stilt Walkers and Face Painters, Nottingham Golf Society, St Barnabas GAA ladies’ and men’s Gaelic football teams and Nottingham Hurlers, Nottingham University GAA Gaelic Football team, 2 large Irish Green Insects, 1 large Irish bug, Robin Hood, Babbington Dog Society and 2 Shire horses).
In Old Market Square there will be stalls representing local organisations and stalls selling shamrock, Irish novelties and food.
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.
Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been – the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring christianity to Ireland, it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the “Holy Wells” that still bear this name.