Cead mile failte (100 thousand welcomes) to the annual Nagoya St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.
As you may or may not be aware (those visiting from outer space may not) St Patrick’s Day, March 17th is Irelands national day and is celebrated wherever the Irish spirit exists around the world in the month of March. It has grown over the past 150 years into one of the worlds most widely celebrated and most enjoyed festivals. And why should Japan not get in on the fun?
Over the past 25 years from humbling beginnings in Tokyo to the present day multi city celebrations the Irish eyes are well and truly smiling when March comes around.
They are possibly shining the brightest (little bias) in the traditional shopping arcade that is Osu Kannon in downtown Nagoya every March. The arcade is bopping to an Irish jig as throngs of people in green descend to partake in the Nagoya St Patrick’s Day Festival.
With live music, Irish dancing, official parade, local characters, face painting, hair painting, body painting, free giveaways, and much much more Osu Kannon is defo the place to be in March.
So why not come along in green with your family, friends, animals, leprechauns, invisible friends and celebrate like only the Irish can (bias again).
2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Date: March 16, 2013 (Saturday)
Location: Osu Kannon Shopping Arcade
Live Music and dance from 12:00 p.m
Family Picnic in Shirakawa Koen 15:30-17:00
After Events: held at supporting bars