St Patrick's Day Parade

Clonakilty, Ireland   17 March 2015

Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick") is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c.AD 385–461), the patron saint of Ireland. This date was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church.  The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.  Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.

Simon Hill  Editorial Photographer