St Patrick’s Day festival brings Irish music and dance to Bucharest in March


The festival devoted to Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17), Ireland’s patron saint, will take place between March 14 and 16 and will include a gala ball and a parade on the streets of Bucharest, report the organizers quoted by Mediafax. Organized by the Ireland Romania Network Association (IRN), the festivities devoted to the patron saint of Ireland will start on March 14 with a gala ball to take place at Athenee Palace Hilton in Bucharest, which is going to bring together the major representatives of the diplomatic, business and cultural milieus in Romania. The Irish Way dance group members will hold a short show of Romanian-Irish traditional dance. A raffle will be held with various prizes, from weekends to Bran and Brasov to bottles of traditional Irish whiskey. “Last year we organized in Romania the major festival devoted to Saint Patrick’s Day in continental Europe, and the response of the local people was so enthusiastic and nice that we decided to repeat the experience, or even surpass it. The second edition of the Saint Patrick parade will be even greater and more spectacular than that of 2013. Thousands of Bucharest citizens joined us last year and in 2014 we promise to come back with even more nice surprises for them,” said John Long, president of the Ireland Romania Network Association.
On March 16, between 3 and 5 pm, the floats parade will start from the Romanian Peasant Museum, will march on Victoria Avenue and will stop at George Enescu Square, and traffic in these areas will be restricted. Twenty bagpipe players brought from Ireland will march along the floats along with Romanian traditional music singers. On its road, the parade will stop in several key points, when about 30 dancers of Irish and Romanian traditional music will hold short performances, and the public will be able to join them. Honorary guests of the parade will be the Irish Ambassador in Bucharest Gerard Corr and Bucharest general mayor Sorin Oprescu. They will announce the start of the parade and will lead it in a vintage car. “We want that the celebrations on St Patrick’s Day should become a nice tradition for Bucharest and that we could attract more tourists here. At the moment, the capital city is underrated from this point of view and we want to provide the opportunity to know and enjoy its unique attractiveness for as many people in the world as possible,” said John Long.
The Saint Patrick’s Day parade is a tradition both in Ireland and abroad. Following the Great Irish Famine of the 19th century caused by a scarce potato crop, a wave of migrants left Ireland and the Saint Patrick’s Day parade became their way to manifest their identity.

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