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The St. Patrick's Day Parade

Marzo 2008
Con la festosa ricorrenza di San Patrizio, marzo è il mese dell’orgoglio irlandese nel mondo. Da Tokyo a Buenos Aires!

di John Rigg

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St. Patrick's Day in Dublin
St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

Speaker: Chuck Rolando (Standard American accent)

March 17th is an important day throughout the world. There are colorful parades in Boston, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Buenos Aires, London, Tokyo, Sydney, Belfast and Dublin. What are all these people celebrating? It’s St. Patrick’s Day!


There’s something irresistible about the Irish and their traditions; everyone loves to sing along to songs like When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and, as the song says, “(The Irish) steal our hearts away.”
How else can you explain Tokyo’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade when thousands of Japanese sing, dance and laugh with their Irish friends – though perhaps the promise of a free glass of Guinness helps.

the legend

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious and national holiday, in remembrance of the saint’s death in 461 AD, and his part in establishing Christianity there.
The first St. Patrick’s Day parades took place in Boston, USA in 1737. Irish soldiers in the British army organised New York’s first parade in 1762. The New York parade is now one of the largest in the world, with stunning floats and over two million spectators lining the route along Fifth Avenue. Dublin’s own St. Patrick’s festival was introduced in 1996 to increase Irish tourism – this year’s festival runs from March 13th – 17th.


Remember that it’s very important to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, otherwise a leprechaun will pinch your bottom. According to legend, St. Patrick banished snakes from Ireland, but not these magical little fellows – so look out!

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steal our hearts away - ci rubano il cuore.

AD - dopo Cristo (Anno Domini).

stunning floats - carri straordinari.

lining the route - lungo il percorso.

otherwise a leprechaun will pinch your bottom - altrimenti un folletto vi pizzicherà il sedere.

banished snakes - cacciò i serpenti.

little fellows - creaturine.