Happy Patrick’s Day! Or, Irish Dancing Really Is Everywhere


This past Sunday the kids and I headed down to Motomachi, the fancy shopping street of Yokohama, to check out the local St. Patrick’s Day parade. We staked out our spots on the street and waited for the parade to start, led by St. Patrick himself! The kids recognized St. Pat as their religion teacher. “Hi Mr. Agnew!”, they enthusiastically called out. “Shh,” he said as he handed them candy.


A few actually-Irish-looking people came next, followed by local bands, and lots of green-clad revelers dancing, singing, and playing their way down the street. I loved seeing those Irish bands and dancing groups with all Japanese members. Because who isn’t a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day?




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