St Patrick’s Day 2021

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Just as St David’s Day was a mute affair compared to previous years, so will this year’s St Patrick’s Day be unlike any seen for many a while.

“Green” Great Wall of China when it went green in 2014

Last year’s St Patrick’s Day marches and celebrations were largely cancelled due to the pandemic and this year will be the same.

If you Google “St Patrick’s Day celebrations” you largely get some Irish bars and pubs in Dubai running events and much the same sort of thing in parts of the USA.

Although the river in Chicago won’t turn green this year, at the national Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, a leprechaun will transform the river to green.

The main event though will be  an evening event called Shades of Green which will be broadcast on the evening of March 17th.

In Ireland itself, the national parade itself has been cancelled and the festival is only online this year.

The festival began on the 12th of March with five days of events.

Usually the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, would travel to the USA and visit the White House whilst attending any number of events.

Although essential travel is allowed by Ireland, could a trip to the USA at this time be considered “essential?” Even though he could travel there, Martin is unlikely to happen this year because what politician would want to publically travel when his fellow countrymen can’t?

In the UK the big marches that happen in London and Manchester won’t happen this year either.

What will continue are those events where buildings are turned green by lighting or even water suddenly turns green for the actual day. Around the world some 440 sites will become green for the day.

The London Eye will be bathed in green today as will be the Sydney Opera House, Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building in New York. The Moulin Rouge in Paris will go green but not to the extent of becoming the Moulin Vert. Table Mountain in South Africa and the statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro will go green as will the Sekenani Gate at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Italy may put many countries to shame because it will light up 42 different locations on the day ranging from the leaning Tower of Pisa to Trajan’s Column in  Rome and the statue of James Joyce in Trieste.

Back home in Ireland, the day will pass with events online and  = if you are lucky enough to live close by – to one of the many buildings turning green.

But just wait until next year when normality is back!

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