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Sunday, March 13, 2005

St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney 2005

Everybody loves a parade and after my frenzied coverage of the Chinese New Year festivities, I thought it only fair I cover Sydney's Celtic roots as well.

However reflecting Australia's relentless multiculturalism, it was heartwarming to see Irish-Chinese families on the sideline and a couple of Chinese kids within the parade itself. Not to mention the Chinese dragon which was somehow included in the parade too!

A couple of Irish larrikins take off down the middle of George Street before the parade begins...

...quickly pursued by police officers on motorbikes.

And it was only later when I got home that I realised that the first larrikin pic provided a little too much information by one of the exuberant parade-crashers. I've leave you to decide when you wish to click on the pic to enlarge...

St Patrick of course made an appearance in his customised Pope-mobile.

Not only were we entertained, but we got fed as well. These were genuine Irish crisps--and rather good too!

No, I'm not quite sure why this dragon was part of the parade, but it made for some nice pictures!

The St Patrick's Day Parade is held annually on the nearest Sunday to March 17.
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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 3/13/2005 11:00:00 am


  • At 3/23/2005 10:04 am, Blogger Kirsten said…

    Did you head to Hyde Park afterwards? I am continually disappointed at the food on offer at the St Pat's celebrations. I know Irish food isn't known for being a great culinary experience (especially on a hot Sydney February day) but surely they could do better than a sole Irish Stew stall in the sea of food offerings. The brown bread lady wasn't even there this year.
    Oh well, lucky Guinness is a meal in itself.

    PS. Did you see Anthony Bourdain last week?

  • At 3/23/2005 11:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anthony Bourdain was in town?!

  • At 3/23/2005 1:34 pm, Blogger Fish Fish said…

    Irish-Chinese? Geee... have never heard of this kind of combination, sound interesting.

    Yuriko told me among all the places she went in Aus, she likes Sydney the most. So much things to see.... Hmm, I should really try to get myself there one day.

  • At 3/23/2005 1:43 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Kisten - No we didn't go to Hyde Park. We actually went straight to the Portuguese Festival in Petersham where there was definitely lots of good food. Photos are coming soon, I promise!

    And no, I didn't get to the Bourdain dinner. I'm not a huge fan of his, not enough to warrant the $160 price tag for 2 (incl copy of Les Halles) anyway.

    Hi Cherry Ripe - Yup he was in town. It was a Gleebooks-sponsored event at Hickson Road Bistro. I went to the similarly-veined Dinner with Stephanie Alexander late last year. Sorry, maybe I should have posted details of it for you all here...

    Hi fishfish - The kids were very cute! :-P

    Sydney's a great city. Temperate weather, beautiful Harbour and such a variety of good quality fresh food. If you come you definitely won't have a shortage of foodie guides! ;-)


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