It’s raining, it’s pouring, Fred the band is playing… Well, that isn’t quite the way it goes, but on Saturday afternoon the clouds were filled to the brim with rain and the St. Patrick’s Festival in Cork City continued with a food fair on Patrick’s Street itself and a bandstand stage set up near Drawbridge Street. At half two, Fred went on and drew quite a crowd in spite of the weather. Here are some photos of the performance and the people. Click through to see more.
Can’t make it to Cork City for Saint Patrick’s Day? The parade will come to you — your computer, that is. Stream video of the parade starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT (6:00 a.m. PDT) — that’s 1:00 p.m. Cork time.
This actually seems like a perfect moment to remind readers that North America observes daylight savings on a slightly different schedule than Europe. So while most of the United States set their clocks forward one hour this past weekend (13 March), Ireland won’t spring forward until Saturday week (27 March). For those reading this who have friends, family, and colleagues in the States, it is helpful to know we’re only four hours apart from the Eastern time zone (Boston, NYC, Philly, DC, Florida) and seven hours apart from the Pacific time zone (San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle) until we switch our clocks. This next part is helpful to know if you have connections in Hawaii, Arizona, or Indiana:
So, back to this whole Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Weekend… To stream the Cork City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, just go here and let your Flash Player do the work.
This is a quick post to share a couple photos from the Cork City St. Patrick’s Festival. In this post, you can peek at one pic of the parade, which I didn’t really see given the crowds since I was with my mother (who cannot stand or walk for very long). There is also a photo from the food fair along Grand Parade and the South Mall Boardwalk (not to be confused with the Lapps Quay Boardwalk). If you want to see more photos from St. Patrick’s Day in Cork, this set has photos from my first (and so far only) two March 17th’s living in Ireland. Hope you had a lovely holiday!
As an American, I’ve been warned that Saint Patrick’s Day in Cork isn’t as grand as in New York, Chicago, Boston, or even Dublin, but I have to think they’re underselling it. Cork City has so much to offer in the week around the most famous and beloved Irish holiday on March 17th. Traffic and parade details are available on the City site.
Here are some of the highlights not to be missed as well as a few of my personal suggestions for activities: Continue reading