St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013

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LET'S PAINT THE TOWN GREEN

THE IRISH & FRIENDS ARE ON THE MARCH AGAIN

JOIN IN ON 17.03.2013

BE PART OF SOMETHING GREEN & GLOBAL

 

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Another take on the St. Patrick Legend!

St. Patrick and the Tax/Slave Problem

 

I was recently presented with a book on Medieval Studies and came across this theory regarding St. Patrick - the Patron Saint of Ireland - who is being feted in Munich on 17th. March 2013.

Dr Roy Flechner, who is a research fellow at Cambridge University and who has looked at Patrick’s own writings in their historical context, believes that the almost universally accepted story of St. Patrick is likely to be pure fiction - a spin propagated by Patrick himself.

You see, Patrick’s father, Calpornius, was a Decurion - a Roman tax collector in Wales -who wanted to get out of the increasingly risky and unenviable business of tax collection at a time when Roman governance in Britain was declining. In order to do this, he used a Roman legal clause decreeing that anyone becoming a clergyman could avoid the job, but since the job was hereditary it would have to be passed on to his son Patrick. Now Patrick did not take kindly to this risky inheritance and decided to become a “tax exile” in Ireland, which was not too far away. Since Ireland had no monetary system and his family was rich, he converted his wealth into slaves - a business thriving in Ireland at that time - and emigrated: not to get a job, but to avoid a job! By contemporary and his own accounts he was a wealthy man when he arrived in Ireland, but he never explained the source of his wealth.

This, however, would not have posed a problem to the aspiring evangelist, since the church was a major slave-owner in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, the Irish were continually raiding Britain for slaves, and early medieval church laws actually regulated the ownership of slaves.

So far from being a slave himself, Patrick was in reality a slave owner/trader. He was also one of the first British “celebrity” tax exiles to Ireland. Where Patrick differed from the writers and rock stars is that in all probability he used his “wealth” to introduce his form of Christianity to Ireland.

If you want to check this out, why not visit Ireland this year during “The Gathering Ireland 2013” festivities - www.thegatheringireland.com - and find out for yourselves.

The welcome and fun on offer will be just as great as that of this year’s Munich St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013.

Thanks to Deutsch-Irischer Freundeskreis Bayern e.V - www.dif-bayern.de - and its army of volunteers who organise the parade so well each year, and to all the sponsors without whose help this project would be well-nigh impossible.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2013!

Frank McLynn

Parade Grand Marshal

 

St. Patrick's Day 2013 in Munich

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Do not go wandering around Odeonsplatz a couple of hours before the parade starts because chances are that you will be press-ganged into acting as security and you will miss the whole parade (but get front row standing room to watch the pipers perform in front of the Feldherrnhalle).

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Watched the start of the parade from near Giselastr. The first cars went by at about 12:15 or so but then there was a ridiculous gap before everyone else came along, lead by the new-look younger St. Patrick. There seemed to be some communication issues there. After about 5 or 6 more groups went by we headed down to Odeansplatz and had a pint. Once the groups started to arrive it was utter mayhem there. Getting a beer was practically out of the question and returning glasses was not going to happen. There were just too many people around for it to be in any way pleasant. In part that was due to the lovely weather. It was a great turnout for the event, but not really the kind of thing I'd spend long at.

 

Instead we headed over to Kennedy's, got a nice table outside and had a bite to eat. Staff there were under severe pressure as people were flooding in but, for the hour or so that we stayed, they did a brilliant job.

 

Will have some photos up in the next day or two.

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There was a second huge gap as well, with cars driving up the road near Giselastrasse. By the time the last bit of the parade and the big bug came along most people had already joined in the parade or jumped the ubahn to Odeonsplatz. Kind of a shame for the people at the end of the parade. Otherwise there were some really fun bits to watch - the scary knight dude being one of them. We also gave up on Odeonsplatz within 5 minutes, absolute nightmare there.

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Could you explain.

We had a Security company for the stage area and the Irish/British/Australian sports clubs did the rest of the security at the parade.

Confused.

Hundreds of pictures of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Munich 2013

http://www.ganz-muenchen.de/freizeitfitness/st_patricksday/intro.html

 

Bods were needed to break a path through the masses along Leopoldstrasse; enview and I ended up right ahead of St. Patrick and the dog and later on even ahead of the first cop car. Talk to Mick - who was perfectly charming and all and very grateful for our voluntary service.

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Sadly it does seem like it's becoming a victim of its own success. The Odeonsplatz part of the event is just too small for the number of people who attend , if it's a nice day. I learned my lesson and won't try taking the kids to that bit again.

 

Otherwise, a really nice start to spring.

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So, there I was checking Google for photos of yesterday's parade in Berlin and saw a photo that was definitely taken in Berlin but the media was selling it as a photo from the Munich parade

 

Silly Müncheners, coming here and stealing our photos ;)

 

Hope ye all had a great day at the parade, God knows I did, but I'm sure as Hell paying for it today….

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It's that photo alright, will try to find the link to the Munich reference, i think it was the Saarbrückener Zeitung (so it wasn't really the Müncheners stealing "our" photos, it was the Saarbrückeners ;) )

 

EDIT: here's the link

 

http://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/nachrichten/stars/leben/Brauchtum-Irland-Deutschland%3Bart4423,4698614

 

Altough they do cleverly not directly state that the dog was photographed in Munich, but they used it as the caption photo for the report on the parade.

 

Anyway, it's no biggie, I just though it quite funny (I'm sure there were loads of great photos from the Munich parade, so it kind of puzzled me as to why they'd use one from Berlin

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