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St Patrick's Day Parades

Seventeenth of March is St Patrick’s Day
Great day for the Irish I can honestly say
Paddies' the world over will want to be seen
Wearing Leprechaun hats and a sprig of green.


Loud colourful parades up and down the lands
Drums, tin whistles and the skirl of pipe bands
Sample some Guinness or a glass of potcheen
Be the best street party you've ever seen.


But if you're not Irish still join in the fun
St Patrick’s day parades are for everyone
But make sure you go, you'll enjoy the craic
And I guarantee that next year you'll be back


It happens once a year so come and have a ball
A very happy St Patrick's day to one and all.

Written 16/02/2019.





Poitin anglicized as Potcheen
( Irish moonshine )
                  ~
Sprig of green is the shamrock associated
With St Patrick who used it to explain the blessed trinity, God the father, son and holy spirit.

                    ~

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Date: 2/22/2019 12:59:00 PM
Both your poem and the video which accompanies it, combine to get us in the spirit of St Patrick’s Day, Tom. Most enjoyable! ~ Congratulations on your fine win! Regards // paul
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/23/2019 10:14:00 AM
Thank you Paul , have attended many, its a great atmosphere for sure. Tom.
Date: 2/20/2019 9:06:00 PM
A rollicking description of the parade, my friend. You certainly don't have to be Irish to love this one. It's a FAVE for me! (And congrats on your win in the contest). Best wishes, Gershon
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/21/2019 1:52:00 AM
Thanks Gershon, what I've noticed over time is other religions' and cultures joining in, that's how life should be all the time showing love and respect for one another. Tom.
Date: 2/20/2019 12:14:00 PM
Congratulations Tom for your well-deserved win for this very witty and descriptive write about the St Pat's parade. Thx for your kind comments re my win. Yep I have some Irish blood. I traced back & our family began in North England/South Scotland, went to Ireland, got booted out of there & ended up landing in N Carolina! Best to you - Bob
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/20/2019 12:38:00 PM
Thanks Robert, yours was an absolute gem begorrah . My family started in Ayrshire in Scotland then ended up on the west coast of Ireland and then I was born in the UK, I still have many relatives' there. Tom.
Date: 2/20/2019 3:54:00 AM
Dropping back with my congrats Tom:-) hugs Jan xx
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/20/2019 4:10:00 AM
Thanks Jan, the new York one is on my bucket list. Tom
Date: 2/19/2019 4:46:00 PM
I love the upbeat quality of your poem, Tom, especially the way you focused on the parades. We have them here too, but locally other nationalities are now participating with tributes to their nations as well. There were some wonderful entries in this category. Congratulations on your second-place win! Best wishes, Carolyn
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/19/2019 5:15:00 PM
Thanks Carolyn, over the years other nationalities have joined in the fun with their music and dancers and everyone gets on and has a great time. There were some great entries for the contest , thank you for hosting, hope you're on the mend now. Tom.
Date: 2/19/2019 3:12:00 PM
Sounds like fun, Tom. I am a little bit Irish, so I will be wearin the green. This brought some fond memories, drinking green beer and irish whiskey, parades, and laughter, good to be irish!
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/19/2019 4:24:00 PM
Thanks Sandra, what amazes me is every country I visit I always come across an Irish pub. Tom.
Date: 2/19/2019 12:46:00 PM
getting your good charm?.. it's full moon, tom.. huggs
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/19/2019 4:14:00 PM
I went out but we had lots of cloud in the UK, glad you saw it.
Date: 2/19/2019 9:20:00 AM
So much fun! You've put me in the spirit. I only claim Irish through my husband and children. My husband being both Portuguese and Irish says mother was a barmaid and his dad a sailor...lol. He had all the hellfire of both but has become very mellow with time :)
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/19/2019 10:14:00 AM
Thanks Kim, I know what you mean about the hellfire lol, Both my parents were Irish but I was born in the U.K. Hope you're well. Tom.
Date: 2/19/2019 4:47:00 AM
I'ld love to attend the parade. One day I surely will. I can imagine through the eye of your words,the beauty of it all. Happy St.Patrick's day :)
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/19/2019 8:51:00 AM
Thank you Swetha, I hope that you one day get the chance to attend one, a real carnival atmosphere. Tom
Date: 2/19/2019 4:04:00 AM
- A great parade and a happy day, Tom ... with lots to drink - Definitely an unforgettable experience - Love it :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 2/19/2019 8:41:00 AM
Thank you Sunshine, do they take place anywhere in Norway. ? Tom.
Date: 2/18/2019 9:12:00 PM
I love it. My son Patrick was born 3/17, they said the baby was going to be a girl and we picked Patricia as the name. The lil leprechaun fooled us all!
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/19/2019 3:20:00 AM
Haha she sure did, your own little pot of gold. Thanks Timothy. Tom.
Date: 2/18/2019 2:06:00 PM
I love wearing green on this day. I am part Irish. I give my students a pinch if they are not wearing green. I think that is a custom developed by Americans, not the Irish! Good entry for the contest, Tom
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/18/2019 2:11:00 PM
Thanks Andrea, its often been said there's a bit of Irish in everyone lol. Where were your ancestors' from ? Tom.
Date: 2/18/2019 12:36:00 PM
I enjoyed this and learned a few things, too! Lovely rhythm and rhyme! :)
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/18/2019 12:58:00 PM
Thank you P.S, happy you enjoyed it . Tom.
Date: 2/17/2019 4:12:00 PM
Great poem Tom...
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/18/2019 4:31:00 AM
Thanks S.O. Have been to a few and the New York one is on the bucket list. Tom.
Date: 2/17/2019 1:20:00 PM
there may be a few green faces after the craic and too much Guinness lol:-) lovely entry for the contest Tom:-) ugs Jan xx
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/17/2019 1:26:00 PM
Thanks Jan, many nurse sore heads the next day, I had wrote one last year but it was too long so had to rewrite a shorter version. Tom.
Date: 2/17/2019 7:23:00 AM
This is a fun poem. Thanks for sharing Tom! :)
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/17/2019 9:33:00 AM
Thank you Heidi, glad you liked it. Tom.
Date: 2/17/2019 6:26:00 AM
Well done...enjoyed this...All the best Tom
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Date: 2/17/2019 9:33:00 AM
Thank you Arturo, happy you enjoyed it. Tom.
Date: 2/17/2019 2:24:00 AM
What a prelude to St Patrik's symphony parade dearest friend, Tom! I have enjoyed parades of St Patrick day when I was in Canada! Are you flying to Ireland? Haha!
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/17/2019 5:36:00 AM
Thank you Demetrios, sadly nothing in the pipeline, would love to go to the New York one, my daughter went a few years ago and said how great it was. Tom.
Date: 2/17/2019 12:23:00 AM
Even in Malta we celebrate St Patrick Day in some places. No doubt the beer is an attraction. Lovely verse, Tom.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/17/2019 5:34:00 AM
Thanks Victor, after the great famine thousands of Irish settled all over the world, yes its always nice to meet up with friends and have a few drinks. Tom.
Date: 2/16/2019 11:21:00 PM
Nice write, Tom, a good bit of fun.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/17/2019 4:40:00 AM
Thanks Lawrence, it is a great atmosphere. Tom.
Date: 2/16/2019 8:34:00 PM
Sounds like lots of green fun; happy St. Pattie's Day!
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/17/2019 4:16:00 AM
Thanks M.L., It is a great day out for the family. Tom
Date: 2/16/2019 6:13:00 PM
G'day Tom … along with Guinness, green beer gets a look in on St Pats day and like Ilene stated, we're all Irish on this day. Thanks Tom - Lindsay
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/17/2019 4:13:00 AM
Thanks Lindsay, must look out for that one must admit haven't come across it. Tom.
Date: 2/16/2019 5:55:00 PM
Everyone is Irish on that day; my mother was a McCormick so I can honestly claim being "a bit more Irish".
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Date: 2/16/2019 5:19:00 PM
nicely done, tom! we're all irish on st. patrick's day!
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/17/2019 4:11:00 AM
Thanks Ilene, one big party where everyone is welcome. Tom
Date: 2/16/2019 5:03:00 PM
Happy St. Patrick's day Tom. I enjoyed the parade scene you painted. Guinness is my favorite beer..not many here in the US know how to pour it. Cheers!
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/16/2019 5:05:00 PM
Thank you Vijay, my favourite drink too, yes there is a knack to pouring it. Tom.
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