Posted by: mdmusingsie | March 16, 2013

Paddy’s Weekend (cuid a dó)

Whilst I won’t brave the Dublin St. Patrick’s parade on Sunday with its hundreds of thousands jamming the streets (I’m too short to see over anyone’s head, anyway), I did brave Marrion Square for the Day Out celebration Saturday.

This section of the city was set up specifically for children and families, and there was no shortage of either.  Not one to tout corporations, I really have to give it to SuperValu, the sponsors of this event, for going all out.  Not only was there a barrage of entertainment from carnival rides to face painting, but the supermarket chain also handed out bottles of water, bottles of juice for kids, fruit snack packs, and of course, loads of foam fingers – all free.  Kudos to them for their efforts – it’s good to see a company that isn’t afraid to go above and beyond.

SuperValue food display

SuperValue food display

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Foam fingers go leor

Foam fingers go leor

Entertainers lined the street. There was a section of bouncy castles and inside the park were snail races, over-sized chess and checker boards, and a miniature golf course.  Spruce Creek marching band from Florida was playing in the park as I strolled through.  What a great gig for that and all the other nearly dozen bands visiting from the US.  Though plenty of fun and games abounded, there were tents set up to showcase life science, chemistry and astronomy, all designed to make the sciences relevant as well as attractive to children.

Long lost relatives of Big Bird near Marrion Sq.

Long lost relatives of Big Bird near Marrion Sq.

Street Performer

Street Performer

Spruce Creek Jazz band

Spruce Creek Jazz band

Checker and Chess boards in Marrion Sq

Checker and Chess boards in Marrion Sq

 Snail races

Snail races

You couldn’t walk far in the Dublin City Centre without seeing someone in a green hat.  They came in all shapes and sizes, and even though they just screamed tourist, you couldn’t help but smile at the enthusiasm.

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Hats go leor

Hats go leor – St. Stephen’s Green

No shortage of street entertainment outside of Marrion Square, either.

 Dublin Street Performers

Dublin Street Performers

Life is full of challenges, and some can drag your spirits pretty low, but take a cue from the visiting party goers and find something to make you smile and laugh – whether it’s donning your own headgear, some stilts, or just reading a blog and looking at silly photos.

 

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Responses

  1. Great post thank you! It has been many years since I have been in Dublin on St Patricks day, and much has changed 🙂 but it’s great to know that a true Irish person over the age of 12 wouldn’t be seen DEAD in green on paddys day, unless it was or charity or loads of money!!


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