Stockholm St Patricks Day Parade
Stockholm St Patricks Day Parade 2017
Saturday 18th March 2017, at 13.00
The 2017 Stockholm St Patricks parade will take place on Saturday the 18th March. We will gather from 12.00 at Humlegården (Royal Library side). The Swedish Irish Society will provide face-painting and hand out balloons, you can put the finishing touches to costumes, pick up some St Patrick’s Day-themed bits and pieces to finish off your outfit (hats, flags etc).
At 13.00 the parade will walk to Gamla stan via Birger Jarlsgatan and Kungsträdgården (see map on website). St Patrick will lead the Stockholm Pipe Band, Irish wolfhounds, a giant snake, a rainbow leading to a pot of gold, and hundreds of happy people! There will be prizes for the best costumes. Gather family and friends and join in!
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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.