Every year on March 17th the Irish across the globe celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating Ireland’s patron saint.
Bucharest is also getting ready for its St. Patrick’s Day’s big event, the famous Parade organized by the Ireland Romania Network. The parade is due on Sunday, March 20th, with the Romanian Peasant Museum on Kiseleff Boulevard as base at 3 p.m. The parade will last two hours and will end at the Romanian Athenaeum.
The event will rejoin over 100 pipers and drummers, including two local Irish dancing teams, Irish Way and STEYsha. 20 pipers come from Ireland, 16 from Varna (Kavadan Bagpipe Band), 58 from Vrancea, 15 from Botoșani and 2 from Sibiu. The pipers are also expected to perform in Herăstrău Park on Saturday, March 19th, around 12 o’ clock. The parade will be also attended by 40 Irish-born service dogs.
According to energynomics.ro, the most-expected parade will be led by the Irish Ambassador in Bucharest, H.E. Derek Feely and by John Long, CEO Nobel Oil, also president of the Ireland Romania Network.
“This year the event will be bigger than the last one (…) There will be handouts for children, on a first come, first served basis, a lot of music, dancing and fun all down Calea Victoriei. There will be two stops during the Parade where the pipers, drummers and dancers will display their talents, together, for the crowds,” Long said, according to the above-mentioned source.
As a matter of fact, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in the Romanian capital city started two days ago, on March 14th when the Sheraton Hotel was illuminated in green within a project developed by Firefly Lighting Design, an award winning UK based lighting consultancy. “Very happy for our lighting scheme and design at the Sheraton Bucharest,” Firefly twitted on Wednesday.
Last year, the iconic InterContinental Hotel and the adjacent National Theatre of Bucharest turned green to celebrate the Irish national day.