Saturday, March 10, 2012
March 10. Day 70. When Irish Eyes are Smiling
There's a lot of Irish in my ancestry. In fact, on my bookshelf there is a book called from County Clare to Queensland documenting my mother's family voyage from Ireland to Australia. Despite this I have never been to the annual St Patrick's Day Parade in Brisbane - until today. The city was a sea of green and there was a real buzz as the floats, pipers and dancers prepared themselves to march through the streets.
Still I find it very Irish that although St Patrick's Day is next weekend the parade was today under the rule that the parade is on the Saturday before the day itself (I think "normal" people would interpret that as applying when March 17 falls between weekends but anyway).
Most impressive was although the crowd was large, everyone was happy and good natured with no pushing or shoving which can happen as people jostle for vantage points. Irish eyes were smiling.