Monday, March 10, 2008

Saint Patricks Day

This is Saint Patricks Day in Yokohama, Motomachi. Motomachi is cosy shopping district, which is built in Western style. They also sell many foreign things like cakes, chocolates etc.

Parade was small, but good quality. They had everything - dancers, brass band, acrobats, scouts, dogs etc. Parade went both ways on the street, so brass band is included twice (They are US Army Band).

I received booklet which explains in English and Japanese that on St. Patricks day (March 17th) people honor most important legends in Ireland - St.Patrick. He is guarding saint of Ireland. During 4th to 5th centuries St. Patrick spreaded, Christianity in Ireland. This day is national holiday in Ireland and is also celebrated in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Video: something from parade. Not everything I was able to capture.

Saint Patricks day parade
Image: Everyone likes balloon girls

Saint Patricks day parade
Image: Motomachi street were full of people


Alison said...

Looks like a fun day! Gosh, St Patrick's parades already again! No money this weekend (after my holiday!), so didn't go anywhere!

Mountaincat said...

The same here! At least, the best things in life are free! :)