Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Sydney St Patricks Day Org. Inc.
In Australia, St Patrick’s Day celebrations have taken place since 1810, when the then Governor, Lachlan Macquarie, declared the date an official day of celebration for the Irish and those of Irish heritage. Over 200 years later, we are still celebrating with an annual street parade and family day on the third Sunday of March – this year on Sunday 20th March 2011.

The day commences with pre-Parade entertainment outside Town Hall on George St at 10.30am, with music by the Marching Koalas and live Irish dancing performances. The Parade commences at midday and starts at the corner of Town Hall on George Street and Bathurst Street continuing to Park St and around Elizabeth St, ending at Hyde Park near St James Station. The fun continues with the Family Day in Hyde Park, opening from 1pm to 7pm.

This year’s Parade will have consist of over 60 floats and marching groups participating, including floats from Irish counties through to Irish sports organisations, Irish dancing school displays as well as a host of musical entertainment - and one for the ladies; the bachelors from the 2011 Irish Bachelor of the Year Awards will be on the Man Float.

Those at Town Hall will hear MCs tell the crowds about each of the floats, while Parade’s four celebrity judges (TBA) decide on the winning entry, which will be announced later in the day at the Hyde Park main stage.

The Irish festivities then take over the surrounds of Sydney’s Hyde Park for a day, where spectators can enjoy a range of traditional and modern Irish music performed from the main stage.

The organisers recently ran a competition called 'Gaels’ Got Talent', in order to give a solo artist and band an opportunity to perform live on the main stage on the day. The two winning acts were Castlecomer and David Wilson. Castlecomer is a young Irish-Australian band, playing traditional music with a twist, while David Wilson is an 27 year old Irish-Scot, living in Sydney who sings covers such as SnowPatrol's 'Chasing Cars', which won him the his place on the mainstage.

Food stands will serve Irish and international food and snacks, and beverage stands will cater for all tastes, from Irish tea to a good old glass of Guinness!

There is a designated children’s area in Hyde Park, where families with young children can enjoy learning about Irish culture and music through story-telling and a Bodhran workshop. Children can also enjoy face painting, bouncy castles, clowns, animal rides and music performances.

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In Australia, St Patrick’s Day celebrations have taken place on 17 March since 1810, when the then Governor, Lachlan Macquarie, declared the date an official day of celebration for the Irish and those of Irish heritage.
www.stpatricksday.org.au
Facebook: Friends of St Patrick
Mary Hickey
P: 0414652442
W: www.stpatricksday.org.au

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