When I was a child St. Patrick's day was a low key affair. The high light was that you had a free day from your Lenten abstinence, so if you had "given up" sweets you were allowed to eat them to your hearts content on the 17th. We would search the garden for a sprig of shamrock to wear on our lapel but I think we usually found clover (there is a difference). Living in the country, I don't remember ever going to a parade. So I have never embraced the modern festivals that go on for many days celebrating "Paddies Day". If you are one of our ever growing diaspora or just someone with an interest or curiosity about Ireland then my gift to you on this our National feast day is a beautiful video piece made by Tom Flanagan on New Years Eve 2011.
If you have a few moments, sit back and transport yourself to the city of the Tribes. Enjoy.
If you enjoyed that check out his other videos on You Tube.
A hundred thousand Blessings to you and yours.