A frog float in the St. Patrick's Day parade!

A frog float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade!

In case you hadn’t noticed, St. Patrick’s Day is just 27 days away, and in Dublin, Ohio, the city where Irish is an attitude, this holiday is a BIG deal! You see, in 2012, Dublin, Ohio’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was actually recognized by Orbitz as one of the “Top 10 Spots to Get in the Irish Spirit on St. Patrick’s Day”, and about 20,000 people attend the festivities.

This year, the City of Dublin, Ohio, will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 16. To start your day, have a hearty meal at the Lion’s Club Breakfast at Sells Middle School (food is served from 7 – 11 a.m.). The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Then, head over to Metro Center for an Inflation Celebration (9:30 a.m.) and watch the giant parade balloons come alive before your eyes! Next, get in the groove while listening to the Hooligans. The band will play at the Review Stand on Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary.  Finally, the self-proclaimed “greenest, grandest parade”, led by the 2013 Grand Leprechaun, Cap Clagg, will kick off at Metro Center and continue through Historic Dublin. The spectacle features more than 100 floats* showing off their Irish attitude!

*To participate in the parade, apply on the City of Dublin website by Friday, February 22.

For more information, including a map of the parade route, road closure information, volunteer form and more, visit the City of Dublin website or call 614-410-4545.

We hope to see you in March! Visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com for more things to do in Dublin!

~ Post by Dawn

Some might say that the weather for last Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Celebration in Dublin, Ohio was authentically Irish. It rained. Quite a bit. In fact, I don’t

2010 Dublin OH St. Patrick's Parade

think it stopped raining (but we’ll check with those people who marched or rode in the 90-minute parade, to be sure).  Still, the Irish attitude was never more evident … just check out the smiles on the faces in our photos from the event.

Sure, there were a lot more plastic ponchos, rainboots, slickers and umbrellas than we usually see during this fun celebration, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit. We’re of hardy stock, here in Dublin, Ohio. We like our celebrations … and there is nothing that is going to come between us. Certainly not a little precipitation. That’s the great thing about Irish Attitude.  It rises above.  

-Post by Mary

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, today’s post is written by Cathy Jo Smith–co-chair of the Storytellers of Central Ohio, a member of the Dublin (OH) Irish Festival Cultural Committee since 2001 and mourner-in-chief of the Irish Wake Tent at the festival since 2000.

They say the whole world is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s only fair–since Patrick, himself, wasn’t Irish either. He was the son of a Roman magistrate living somewhere along the British coast (let the historians fight over exactly where). He St Patrick in Dublin, Ohiowas kidnapped into Ireland as a slave. He did manage to escape and return home, but (like so many of us) he’d fallen in love with the Irish land and its people.  So, he returned to spend the rest of his life bringing his faith and love to the Emerald Isle.  He is credited with doing many good things, but he did NOT drive snakes out of Ireland. There were never snakes in Ireland to begin with–nor toads or lizards.

St. Patrick’s Day is a good time to add a little Irish to your language. Here are a couple of phrases that might come in handy.

  • You can wish someone Beannachtaí na Féile Pádriaig (ban-AWK-tee nah FAY-luh PAWD-rig): “Blessings of the feast of Patrick.” Or just wish them, Árd na nÉireannach (ahrd nah NAIR-in-ach): “the luck of the Irish.”  After all, if you’re Irish, you’re lucky enough!
  • A favorite Irish toast is Sláinte, which literally means “health!”  Another option would be to say, Sláinte is táinte (Slawn-sha iz TAWN-sha): “to health AND wealth!”

I’ll leave you with an Irish blessing …  ”May you be poor in misfortunes, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends!”   Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin, Ohio! 

(To learn more about the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Dublin, Ohio– visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or www.Dublin.oh.us)