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Everything goes green – St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Omotesando

Have you even been to St. Patrick’s Day parade in Tokyo? I successfully managed to avoid it twice, but I finally gave in to the green madness.St. Patrick's Day ParadeIn 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held on Sunday, March 20. The spirit of Ireland was wandering around Omotesando and Yoyogi from the early morning. We started off at the Irish festival “I love Ireland”, and then proceeded to Omotesando Street. The parade lasted less than one hour (from 1 PM to 2 PM), but it seemed like an eternity.St. Patrick's Day ParadeSt. Patrick's Day ParadeSt. Patrick’s Day Parade in Omotesando is not only about Ireland and Irish culture. Well, it mostly is, but there were also some non-related participants that just wore green outfits or presented green-colored stuff like green tea. But everyone enjoyed the parade anyway.St. Patrick's Day ParadeSt. Patrick's Day ParadeSt. Patrick's Day ParadeThe first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Tokyo was tiny and happened in 1992. Over the years it has grown into a rather big event with Brass bands, cosplayers, Jugglers, Cheerleaders, J-Druidas, and even Irish dog breeds. I was also surprised to find out that Tokyo has The Shamrock Ladies Society.St. Patrick's Day ParadeSt. Patrick's Day ParadeThe representatives of Trinity Irish Dance Company promoted their Japanese tour.

St. Patrick's Day ParadeThis guy (probably Irish, but maybe not) was singing and playing his guitar right in front of us! After that Irish music had stuck in my head for the whole day.St. Patrick's Day Parade

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 2016

Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Omotesando Street
Opening Hours: 1 PM – 2 PM
Entrance Fee: Free
Access 1: a short walk from Omotesando Station, Exit B2
Access 2: 10 min. walk from Shibuya Station
Distance to Airport: 72 km from Haneda Airport
Official website: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

 Article by Olga Kaneda

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