St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Tokyo
On Sunday, March 15, the Tokyo’s 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in the swanky streets of Omotesando-dori, Harajuku with over 1,000 participants and some 20,000 spectators. First started in Japan in 1992, this year’s parade once again was organized by the Irish Network Japan.
With lots of green, there was Irish music and bagpipes bands, Irish setters and wolfhounds, Irish dancing, marching bands and cheerleaders, and Irish drinks like Guinness (my favorite beer!) and Baileys.
Did you know that the tradition of the St Patrick’s Day parade began not in Ireland, but in the United States, when Irish soldiers serving with the British Army marched through New York City on March 17, 1762.
Presented by Tourism Ireland, the Ireland Festival 2009 was held in Space O in the upscale Omotesando Hills shopping center in Harajuku, with live music, free Bailey’s samples, Irish dancing and Irish goods.