The International Society at Maynooth was lucky enough to have been asked to walk in the Dublin parade! So, on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, all fifty some-odd of us piled onto the bus and headed into Dublin. Our group represented over 30 countries from all over the world. It was freezing that morning, a mild wind combined with a rain and snow mix, but it didn’t bother us, we were too excited for what was to come.
We met with the groups both ahead of and behind us in the parade and I was amazed to see the diverse group of people who had gathered to be in this celebration. The group in front of us was from South Africa; each person was dressed in a crazy costume, everything from bright green tutus to giant elephant costumes!
When we finally started marching in the parade I couldn’t stop from smiling. There were people everywhere; behind the barricades, climbing on statues, leaning out of windows, standing of rooftops, you name it! It was a truly a sight to see.
At one point we had a moment to look back at what was behind us as we marched and I could tell that everyone was shocked. It was a true sea of green.
If going to the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not already on your bucket list, highly recommend that you put it on there STAT.