White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Written on February 7, 2016
We all look forward to the AnnualWhite Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade . The White Plains Parade, like so many across the County and across the World, celebrates the contributions of the Irish people to humankind through their rich culture and music, their indomitable courage and spirit, and their legendary warmth and humor.
A Special St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Mass will take place in Our Lady of Sorrows
The White Plains Parade has grown exponentially, and last year had Five Divisions, with over 26 musical performances, five floats, and 90 groups participating. This year we expect the Parade to be even larger and we welcome new participants, so join the Parade Route as part of a group or as a spectator.
Of course, the celebration continues in White Plains after the Parade with the Cultural Tour that provides an opportunity to visit many White Plains venues for as much corned beef and cabbage as you can eat, other food and drink, and lots of Irish Music and Dance.
So, mark your calendars now, and come join the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Westchester County, with a celebration like none other.
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.
The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .
The beating heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.