The Irish gather a Hong Kong crowd under a shamrock banner

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The St Patrick’s Day Parade is a global phenomena that has come to Hong Kong. For one day, everyone gets to be Irish.

Photo: Chill? Not an issue. (Photo provided by Irish Consulate General)


 

Chill and fog could not stop the Irish spirit driving people to march in the city’s second St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 13.

Leading the parade Irish Consul General Mr Peter Ryan, who was joined not only by his Irish compatriots, but also local, academic and international communities.

Irish CG Mr Peter Ryan with friends of Ireland.
Irish CG Mr Peter Ryan with friends of Ireland.

The line of green stretched all the way from the Hong Kong Observation Wheel to Tamar Park, where the participants were treated with numerous performances by The Irish Town, St Andrew’s Pipe Band, St John Ambulance Brigade Band, the HK Police Band alongside Irish dancers, Scottish highland dancers, Chinese dragon dancers and Kung Fu youngsters.

The St Patrick’s Day Parade 2016 is part of the first Irish Festival held in Hong Kong. Macau will also be hosting its first parade on March 20.