In almost every town in Ireland, the national day, St Patrick’s Day (17th March), is celebrated with a parade. Thanks to a long history of significant Irish emigration, a good deal of the world’s cities now also celebrate this. In some places you go to only watch the parade, but in Sweden you get to be the parade! The Stockholm parade takes place on the weekend closest to the 17th. Come join in as we walk through Stockholm putting a smile on people’s faces!
Thanks to Kazi Ushioda for the wonderful pictures!
A video of the parade departing Kungstradgården was recorded independently and published publicly on YouTube by Patrik Holmen
We gathered from 12.00 at Kungsträdgården (close to the stage). Children and adults could decorate their very own snake at the “Mek a snek”-station, or learn some words in Irish. The Swedish Irish Society provided face-painting and handed out balloons.
At 13.00 the parade departed. We walked to Gamla stan (Kornhamnstorg). St Patrick led the always impressive Stockholm Pipe Band, majestic wolfhounds, a giant snake (to symbolise the ones St Patrick banished from Ireland, according to legend), a rainbow leading to a pot of gold (associated with the mythical Irish creatures, leprechauns), and thousands of happy people! Groups such as Spuds and Sill drama group and the Stockholm Gaels Gaelic football club participated under their banners.
On arrival at Kornhamnstorg in Gamla stan there was a celebration of Irish music and dance featuring
Fada – Kieran “Loughy” O’Loughlin (https://www.loughy.com/bio) and Brian Friel.
The Stockholm Set Dancers – led by Eoin Sheedy
Singer Ciara Moran
The “Wirströms Session Players”
Thanks to all the participating artists!
Winner of a Best Dressed Individual award. Photo credit: Katriina Mäkinen
The parade is organised annually by volunteers from the Swedish Irish Society with support from the Irish Embassy in Sweden and with generous sponsorship from businesses in the community.
St Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He must have had the gift of the gab (as we say about persuasive people who can spin a good tale) as the conversion happened remarkably quickly and peacefully. He is also credited with banishing snakes from Ireland, for which we are eternally grateful. :)
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