Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day

article by Lizzie Bates-Torrey and Dezirae Givens
edited by Cameron Goodrich

     Saint Patrick's Day, otherwise known as The Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration. People from Ireland normally celebrate this time of time of year. St. Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. The celebration is always full of green and shamrock and that is because St. Patrick used them to explain the Holy trinity to Irish pagans. Today the celebration is Saint Patrick's Day has been greatly influenced by those developed among the Irish diaspora. They celebrations generally include: parades, festival, dances and banquets. At those events people wear green attire or shamrocks and fake orange beards. 

     There are a lot of events going on this St. Patrick's Day in Portland this year. The Portland St. Patrick's Day Parade and the St. Patrick's Day Plunge are just a couple of them. The Portland St. Patrick's Day Parade is on March 12th at noon, and it’s an annual parade. There will be three pipe bands playing in it. Also Slugger the Sea Dog (mascot), Oakie the Acorn from Oakhurst, The Stillson School of Irish Dance, The Maine Ghostbusters, and many more groups will be in the Parade. It's a fun experience for families to go and watch. There will even be two of Ireland's biggest stars, (Mick Flavin and John Hogan) who are on a U.S. tour. 

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/15/portland-st-patricks-day-parade-draws-lucky/ 

      The St. Patrick's Day Plunge is on March 17th at 5:30 am. All of the donations made go to the Children’s Burn Foundation. This is also an annual thing. All of the people participating in this get a free breakfast buffet at a Portland restaurant called Ri Ra’s. There is live music all day there, and lots of Irish food. A lot of people attend this event, and afterwards they feel so good, and they feel like they have done something to help by donating to this foundation. If you didn't go to these events this year, you should consider going to at least one of them in the future because they are so much fun. 

http://mainetoday.com/holiday-2/st-patricks-day-2/st-patricks-day-guide/

       The Irish American club is a club that holds Irish cultural events and classes throughout the year. This club was founded in 1973 on St. Patrick's Day. Every year they put on their annual corn beef for St. Patrick's Day dinner and parade. James McClay, from Standish, Maine, is originally from Donegal, Ireland, and said, “Portland's celebration is similar to back home.” Portland is proud to know that their St. Patrick's Day celebrations are hitting home for some people. So come join the fun every year in Portland on St. Patrick's Day!

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