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March 2005

Green Day

It must be down to the luck of the Irish—what started as a token effort by expats to mark St. Patrick’s Day in Munich has now developed into one of Europe’s biggest parades. This year, on Sunday, March 13, some 15,000 people are expected to take part in the 10th anniversary event. The parade leaves Münchner Freiheit at 2 pm, before making its way via Leopold- and Ludwigstrasse to Odeonsplatz for a live concert with Irish and international music and dance along with Irish food and drink. Even Munich’s mayor Christian Ude will be taking part in the celebrations, which just goes to show that you don’t need Irish blood to join in. Indeed, previous parades have featured everything from Scottish bagpipers to Bavarian Trachten groups. “It’s becoming ever more international,” says organizer Dan Galvan. “There’ll be something for all ages and all cultures.” And, no doubt, there’ll also be plenty of Guinness to keep the party going for at least another four days until St. Paddy’s Day itself on March 17!
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