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Munich Festival Parade: Sunday 13th March 2005
St. Patrick's Day: Thursday 17th March 2005

The Munich parade is one of the largest St. Patrick's day festivals in the whole of Europe and one of the largest events in the Munich calendar. The Munich parade has a relatively short history with the first being held only in 1996. Since then it has grown considerably. In recent years there have been around 15,000 participants.

St. Patrick's Day Munich
Photo by Keydeck. More pics at: keydeck.com/stpatricksday

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his Saint's day falls annually on March 17th. In 2005 the parade will be held 4 days before the official day, i.e. on Sunday 13th March.

Munich Parade Details:

The parade starts at 2pm at Muenchener Freiheit in Schwabing and proceeds to Odeonsplatz where the party will continue into the evening. The parade is led by a pipe band and the mayor of Munich. Whoever wants to join in and follow is free to do so.

After all this the crowd generally descends on one of the Irish pubs in Munich. These pubs are always good fun but get there early because later on they'll be absolutely, completely jammed.

Who was Patrick?

Patrick was born to an English family (or possibly southern Scottish) in 385 AD. When a teenager he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. He managed to escape from this and travelled throughout Europe on "walkabout". In 430 AD he returned to Ireland and introduced Christianity there. Not much more is known about his life. What little is known comes from an autobiographical work he wrote called Confessions. He died on 17th March 461 at the age of 76. There are several monuments in Ireland but it is not known which particular one is his real grave.

More St. Patricks Day info:

There is also more chat about this topic in the TT discussion forum. See:

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