This Sunday, 17th March is the Irish celebration of St Patrick’s Day. Luckily for them, and us, pretty much the rest of the world now joins in on the fun.
At the age of 16, Saint Patrick was kidnapped from Britain and bought to Ireland as a slave. He eventually escaped but ended up returning to Ireland. As a devout Roman Catholic, Saint Patrick was known to have described the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit) by using the three leaves of the shamrock, the native Irish clover. As with all Saints, the mythology surrounding his life became even more prevalent after his death, believed to have been on the 17th March, 461 AD.
From what began centuries ago as a religious occasion, the festivity has, over the course of time evolved world-wide, which brings us to the present day.
There are many celebrations for St Pat’s Day here in Perth, none more so than locally in Leederville and this year there’s a celebrity guest to help ramp up the family fun.
Sir Bob Geldof will take centre stage in a spectacular parade from 10 -11.30am, commencing at the Water Corporation Car Park on Newcastle Street. Travelling through Oxford and Vincent Streets, the colourful parade will finish up at Leederville Oval where Sir Bob Geldof will officially open the the action-packed family fun day. From 11.30am – 5pm, the Leederville Oval will play host to stalls, bands, activities, games and much more. Bring the family down and make the most of what this exciting day (and suburb) has to offer.
Please make sure you are also aware that parts of Newcastle, Oxford and Vincent Streets will be closed to traffic during the morning.