St. Patrick’s Day 2015

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Park Sokolniki was host to the 23rd annual St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14th earlier in the year. Proving to be an ideal location for the second year running, the crowd was decked out in green, white and orange with great splendor. Marchers, performing for the spectators of all ages, included cheerleaders, stilt walkers, the newly formed Moscow GAA Shamrocks & a mixed group of musicians.

The Moscow Mayor’s office and the Irish Club’s organization provided security to ensure smooth running for the day’s festivities. The Ambassador to Ireland – Eoin O’Leary was on hand to deliver his speech and cheer on the performers as well as other dignitaries and members of the broader Irish community.

Officially about four hundred Irish passport holders reside in Russia but, for the day that it was, it felt like there was Irishness everywhere.