St Patrick’s day is one of the most widely celebrated days of the year across the globe, held annually on 17 March. It is celebrated on a huge scale by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
I went to the St Patick’s Day parade in Toronto with a group of friends and we managed to catch the dregs of it, which included the grand finale in the form of an elderly gentlemen sat atop a green pyramid looking thing, followed by an ambulance. Prepare for the worst I suppose.
The parade in itself was nothing to shout about, especially when compared to the Santa-Claus parade or other annual carnivals in Toronto but what came after the parade was well worth the wait.
Following the parade we headed to McVeigh’s Irish pub on Church and Richmond and for me, this is when St Patrick’s day really kicked off. There’s something about the lively pub atmosphere, warmth and blunt Irish banter that can not be recreated or imitated but makes for one hell of a time. Add to this an amazing live band, Irish dancing and a random Irish ‘oul fella’ teaching me to play animal ribs as a musical instrument (don’t ask), I felt like I had been mysteriously transported to Ireland and I was happy to be there.