Friday, March 16, 2007

Dogtown Saint Patrick's Parade

The annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Saint Patrick's Day parade in Dogtown will be held as always on the Saint's feast day. Festivities start with an Irish Mass celebrated at Saint James the Greater Church at 10:00 a.m., followed by a corned beef lunch at the church's school, and the parade at noon. Click for more information.

Also see the article, One day, two parades:
Almost half of the parade's 117 entries are gaggles of family members, many of whom march and dance in matching sweatshirts. The list also includes an Irish wolfhound club, the St. Louis Hurling Club — and Irish Northern Aid.

"Ours is much more traditional, focused on the Irish clans," said Mohan, the publicist. "Ours is more intimate, and our people come every year..."
"Dogtown" is an historically Irish neighborhood in Saint Louis.

3 comments:

  1. Irish Northern Aid, oh my! Why does the AOH allow those whose express purpose is to raise money for enemies of the Church to march in the parade?!?

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  2. AOH is very political, and so perhaps politics makes strange bedfellows; or they have the attitude that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. I really have no idea, but this parade has always been somewhat controversial and highly nationalist.

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  3. It is a disgrace that an organisation like Irish Northern Aid is allowed to have anything to do with a public St Patrick's Day celebrations. People in Ireland view Noraid as an organisation of fundamentalist bigots. They would not be allowed to walk in the St Patrick's day parade in Dublin, and if they were allowed to, they would be booed by the hundreds of thousands of people at it. What next? Will the AOH let neo-fascists or the KKK march? It is sickening that Noraid is allowed anywhere near a St Patrick's day march, and an insult to the people of Ireland to let them march.

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