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‘We like to have fun:’ Halifax goes green as city celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By Geordon Omand For Metro


Irish-Canadian sisters Aiofe, 5 (left), and Niamh Bowes, 8, enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Halifax on Saturday.

Downtown Halifax was awash in shamrocks Saturday morning as hundreds of green-clad spectators lined the streets to take in the city’s seventh annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“It announces to the town that (the Irish) are still here and we like to have fun,” said Blair Beed, who led the procession as the town crier.

“The town crier is a traditional thing for old Halifax,” he added, ringing a brass bell to announce the parade’s arrival.

“That’s who gave the news. And the news today is the St. Patrick’s parade — have fun.”

Hundreds of green-clad spectators line the streets of downtown Halifax to take in the city’s seventh annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Despite the overcast weather, more than 30 groups walked, waved, drove and danced their way along the parade route, which began at Holy Cross Cemetery and continued along South Park Street, Spring Garden Road and Brunswick Street before ending near St. Patrick’s Parish.

The itinerary was new this year, a departure from the standard north end route, said event organizer Roberta Dexter.

“We wanted to gain a little more visibility in a more populated part of the city,” she said.

For Dexter, the best part of the festivities were the costumes.

This year’s parade entrants included the eclectically-attired sci-fi/fantasy group Hal-Con, as well as dancing troops, Celtic community organizations and local brewpubs, among others.

“I think everybody coming out and truly celebrating — whether you’re Irish or not — is quite incredible,” said Dexter.

Irish-Canadian Niamh Bowes, 8, watched the parade for the first time, alongside her parents and younger sister on South Park Street.

“It’s really good,” she said. “I especially like the dancing.”

This year’s presenting sponsor was the Charitable Irish Society, which celebrated its 228th anniversary this year.

“We just love to support everything Irish,” said President Sandy Phillips.

“Nobody realizes … the Irish history here in Halifax, and I think this will draw attention to the Irish community.”

“People truly do believe and feel they are connected to the Celtic nations and Ireland, so seeing that manifest itself here today is quite something,” added Dexter.

“It’s a very special day.”

Even Star Wars' Queen Amidala goes green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Halifax

All Photos by Geordon Omand/Metro

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