In my view St. Patrick’s Day was the most exciting event during my week in Ireland.
Above all, I found it really fascinating that this festival is so famous in Ireland. Moreover, plenty of people from all over the world, most of them dressed in emerald green party gear, took part in the parades. So, the atmosphere impressed me very much. Unfortunately, the weather was very bad. It was extremely cold and there was heavy rain. Nonetheless, we had great fun on that day and the whole crowd of spectators was in a really good mood.
To me, the parade looked a little bit like our Austrian carnival parades, because everyone was dressed up. It was especially nice to see so many international participants. Some of them were wearing their traditional clothes. Of course, the Austrian participants were wearing “leather trousers” and “dirndl skirts”.
However, I was particularly impressed by the people from Brazil, because they were wearing hardly anything apart from tiny bikinis, which were decorated with lots of sequins, and some sort of enormous, colourful headgear. Some of them had wrapped themselves up in the Brazilian flag, maybe to protect themselves from the rain. In addition, their high heels were magnificent, as they did not only look beautiful, but were also exceptionally high.
All in all, I extremely enjoyed taking part in this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. However, the whole week in Ireland was really great. We visited many interesting sights like the Guinness Storehouse, Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery, Trinity College, Dublinia and could gain a first impression of the Irish capital city. If you have the chance to fly to Ireland, seize the opportunity, because it is a lovely country with plenty of fantastic sights, great shopping possibilities and nice people.
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