17 March 2011

The Irish Celebrate!

In London, the route to work today was lined with Irish flags - hanging from houses, pubs and small offices. It was a very striking reminder not just that today is St. Patrick's Day, but also of the powerful influence Irish migration has had on the world. This is a day for Wild Geese throughout the world to celebrate Irish culture.

One of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parades in the UK is held in Birmingham, which took place on Sunday  13th March, where over 8000 people celebrated the event.

But today in New York City one of the longest running St. Patrick's Day parades will be held. This year marks the 250th anniversary of the parade, which first started in 1762 by "a band of homesick Irish ex-patroits and Irish military" - 71 years after The Flight of The Wild Geese. The official website of the parade explains why its popularity has lasted 250 years: "The parade participants revelled in the freedom to speak Irish, sing Irish songs and play the pipes to Irish tunes that were very meaningful to the Irish immigrants who had fled their homeland". This event is testament to the resounding impact of the migration of 1691 which is celebrated each day by The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey.

Last year's event looks as if it was a memorable event and we're sure this year will be unmissable.

Happy St. Patrick's Day from The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey!

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