Dia duit and Cead Mile Failte!

Niall Walsh

Here’s a great big shout out to all ye Nagoyans, green and not so green, to let you know that the 2014 Nagoya St Patrick’s Day Festival is rolling around once again on Saturday, March 15th.

That’s right, it’s time to dust off your green garb, give ‘em the lovin’ lick of an iron and bring yourself, your family, your loved ones and even your not-so-loved ones down to Osu Kannon in Nagoya to partake in Nagoya’s best (and only) Irish event of the year.

The fun begins at 12:00 with a live Irish music and dance session that the Nagoya Irish Tribune hails as a “must see”, and “one of the top ten most wondrous sights in the world” (without a whiff of cultural bias). There will be 25 pairs of legs leaping about to the tunes of a gaggle of Irish musicians underneath the Maneki Neko (Welcome Cat) in Osu Kannon shopping area. The craic (atmosphere, for the rest of you) is guaranteed to be, er, craicing?

After that tasty appetizer, you’ll be force-fed more greens of the Irish variety as you wind on down to Osu Kannon Temple. At 14:00 the 10th Nagoya St Patrick’s Day Parade will commence. If you hadn’t already had your fill, there will be loads more music, marching bands, pipers, face painting, freebies, Irish dogs. Hmm, I can almost hear the Irish eyes smiling behind my back…

After all that high-kickin’ Irish jigging and parading about, you’ll have surely developed a thirst for more things Irish. Well, luckily for you, the post party drinks will be plentiful in the sponsoring bars. There’ll be a wide selection of Irish delights including music, more dancing and the ubiquitous Guinness – on special!

So scribble Saturday March 15th in your green diary, put on your dancing boots and get yourself down to Osu Kannon from midday, and celebrate what it means to be truly Irish, or British, or Australian, or Japanese, or American…

If you or your group are interested in participating in the parade, please contact
inj-nagoya@inj.or.jp The organizers are especially keen to hear from musicians with an interest in all things Irish. Alternatively, volunteers are needed for the big day – if you are green, keen, or both, please check out www.inj.or.jp/group/inj-nagoya for more info on the parade.

See you on the 15th!

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