From St. Patrick’s Day to Entertainment, busy week for the Irish

It’s been a busy week in the world when it comes to all things Irish. Citizens across the U.S. and world turned green for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, celebrating with parades and pints, and tables laden with Irish feasts. It was also eventful in the world of entertainment as well.

St. Patrick’s Day

Photo by Aurelien Guichard
Photo by Aurelien Guichard

The streets of New York City were packed with over 2 million people for the 255th annual St. Patrick’s Day. The parade covered more than 35 blocks and is known as one of the world’s biggest parades. The highlight for many at the parade was the drop of the ban on openly gay groups this year. As a result New York Mayor Bill de Blasio made headlines by marching in the parade for the first time since becoming mayor.

Photo of Dublin float by William Murphy

Parades also took place in many other major cities around the U.S., including Boston, and the world, namely in the mecca for St. Patrick’s Day- Dublin. In addition to the parades, the water in both the Chicago River and the fountain on the North Lawn of the White House were dyed green in celebration.

 Other Entertainment News

Just as we reported earlier this month, Star Wars is headed back to Ireland. This week however, the production company for Star Wars, Lucasfilm, released a statement announcing its return to the Emerald Isle (specifically the Wild Atlantic Way) for scenes in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

In other entertainment news this week, the world famous Lord of the Dance officially retired after taking his final bow on St. Patrick’s Day. Michael Flatley’s last performance came during “The Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games Tour” at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Photo by Max Lin
Photo by Max Lin

The night before the show Flatley was honored at the American Ireland Fund’s annual St. Patrick’s Gala. During his acceptance speech he spoke of the toll dancing has taken on his body and the joy he has felt.  As noted in the Irish Times, he stated “It’s been severe but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s been my great honour these last 20 years to do what I do. We have brought Irish culture to the four corners of the globe.”

Indeed he has, and the world is forever grateful for it.

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this week? Let us know!