Category Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

Ezra Avenue St. Patrick’s Day crowd peaked at 33,000 people: Waterloo police

Waterloo Regional Police have estimated that 33,000 people were at the unsanctioned street party on Ezra Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day at its highpoint.

Ezra Avenue St. Patrick’s Day crowd peaked at 33,000 people: Waterloo police

Waterloo Regional Police have estimated that 33,000 people were at the unsanctioned street party on Ezra Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day at its highpoint.

Adorable Seals, Orangutans And Kangaroos Enjoy Homemade St. Patrick’s Day Treats At Brookfield Zoo

CHICAGO (CBS)– St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for humans–at least at Brookfield Zoo, where adorable animals snacked on green shamrock-shaped treats made of with biscuits and gelatin.

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Two grey seals, Ziggy and Scooter, enjoyed a shamrock-shaped ice and gelatin cake adorned with fish; while an orangutan named Kekasih snacked on a clover-shaped biscuit cookie.

You didn’t have to be Irish to get a treat. Kangaroos, a wombat, and a porcupine were also seen snacking on green biscuits on St. Patrick’s Day.

Check out the cute photos from Brookfield Zoo.

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The treats were handmade by zoo staff.

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The 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork City.

This year there was no St. Patrick’s Day parade in Blarney so my son and I went into Cork City to catch the parade there. There was a good turnout, and lots of participants in the parade. Unfortunately I picked a bad place to watch the parade from but later wandered about and found somewhere better. 🙂

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Massive St. Patrick’s Day crowd forces street closures in Waterloo

On Thursday, Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin said officers were expecting crowds of as many as 30,000 at this year’s event.

Things That Turn Green On St. Patrick’s Day

(CNN) — Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, the world around us suddenly looks a little … jealous.

It’s not just Kermit the Frog or the Incredible Hulk or that guy in your office with the green necktie. It’s green food, green parades, green fountains and famous sites around the world that take on a greenish glow.

There are numerous theories as to why green became the color of the holiday. It is one of the colors on the Irish flag. Green also is the color of a shamrock, a symbol of Ireland — known as the Emerald Isle because of its lush vegetation. And traditional Irish legend held that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns.

Regardless of the reason, the world unites around the color green on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some of the most notable green landmarks.

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer

The 98-foot-tall statue in Rio de Janeiro gets a green glow.

The Colosseum

Rome’s 2,000-year-old stadium takes on a green look.

The White House fountain

The fountain on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington is dyed green.

The Chicago River

It takes 40 pounds of dye to turn the Chicago River green. The dye is a secret recipe.

The Empire State Building

The iconic New York skyscraper is lit green, white and orange.

St. Patrick’s Day parades

And of course, green is the dominant color in March 17 parades around the world. Here, members of the County Carlow Association ride horses past St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York. The city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, dating back to 1762, is often called the world’s largest.

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Head To The Irish American Heritage Center’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration For Dancing, Music And Corned Beef

Chicago (CBS) — If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day indoors or want to keep the party going after the parades, head to the Irish American Heritage Center in Irving Park.

The IAHC will have step dancing, Irish music and lots of corned beef all day long.

“I think it’s a really good way to showcase what we do all year long at the Irish American Heritage Center,” said IAHC spokeswoman Kathy O’Neill. “We’re one of the premier cultural centers in the city.”

The Trinity Irish Dancers, Shepherd School of Irish Music and others will perform throughout the day.

The celebration goes from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10, but children ages 12 and under get in for free.

More information is available on the Irish American Heritage Center’s website.

Americans Will Spend $5.61 Billion Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day This Year

Chicago (CBS) — St. Patrick’s Day celebrations kicked off Saturday with the dyeing of the Chicago River.

Local businesses will be seeing a lot of green too.

According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $5.61 billion celebrating the holiday this year.

The average consumer will spend just over $40.

More than half of consumers surveyed said they plan to celebrate the holiday.

Of those, 81 percent plan to wear green and 27 percent said they’ll head to a party or bar.

Another new survey found St. Patrick’s Day to be the second biggest beer-drinking holiday behind the Fourth of July.

Of the people surveyed, 43 percent said they’ve tried green beer.

Teenagers Look Forward To St. Patrick’s Day Parade: ‘Definitely Turned My Life Around’

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver’s 57th annual St. Patrick’s Day stepped off in LoDo Saturday morning. Among the floats and participants was a special group of teenagers.

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“We’re going to be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade with our drum line,” said Calvin Conger, a junior at Denver Academy.

The private school specializes in diverse learners. Many of their students have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or dyslexia.

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“Having ADHD and stuff, we have a hard time focusing, but it seems like in drum line since we’re always moving and doing something in that class and drumming, it’s something that we are able to focus on really well,” said Calvin.

This is his third year participating in the parade.

“It’s kind of like a really good way to spend some time with some good friends, get to know some cool songs,” said fellow percussionist Casey Zickerman who is also junior.

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Casey says music and this group of percussionists have changed his life.

“Definitely turned my life around for the better for sure,” he said.

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“It’s a really good group of friends and we all have fun sharing the experience of marching in the parade together,” said Calvin.

Friends playing together, marching together and helping everyone celebrate together.