Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a Parade!
Most major cities in the world have a St. Patrick's Day Parade (and quite a few not major city's too) and Shanghai is not to be left off that list.

This past Saturday we got up early and headed out to get our green on a little early this year.

The parade started at 10:30am in one of Shanghai's biggest parks (Fuxing Park). And everyone was there dressed in green and ready to celebrate.

There were quite a few confused old Chinese people who had come to the park for morning exercises wondering what all the foreigners were doing out so early.

Every one gathers early for the parade.

It wouldn't be a parade without a marching band.
These kids did really really wonderfully.

I really liked this picture that William took. He's such a great photographer.

We even had a GREEN Chinese Dragon!!

Very good luck indeed.

I read a book once that said that real Irish people in Ireland don't really go all out for St. Patrick's day like we think they do in the states. I am here to tell you, that author was very very wrong. ALL the actual Irish people I saw were very very into the the whole thing. Dressed in amazingly crazy green, white and orange things and were definitely happy to be drinking at 10:30 in the morning.

The Parade even ended with the official "Beer Toast" slainte - but pronounced "slawn-che"

I tried very hard not to let any one hear me speaking American. With my two red heads I was hoping they would think I was Irish.

Children singing with "St. Patrick" and an Irish official who flew in all the way from Ireland just for this Parade.

This lady was very happy to be Irish for a day...

But THIS guy really takes the cake... or hat. hehe

The Parade was led by this awesome bag piper

Even the Chinese official wore green! He looked for dapper in his green velvet coat.

Of course my favorite was the violin group. Do you think Bonita will want to grow up and play the violin for me?

Kiss me I'm cute! And very happy for be out with her Daddy this morning.

But it was a long early morning for little green monkeys.

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