Celebrating St. Paddy's Day in Dublin Ireland

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin Ireland
Today was our first Saint Patrick's Day in Ireland so we made sure to get started bright and early.  We stopped by the carnival along Merrion Square.
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin Ireland on Merrion Square
 Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin Ireland - Ferris Wheel on Merrion Square
 Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin Ireland - Fun Fair on Merrion Square
 We staked out a spot along Dame Street to watch the parade.  We were a fair distance along the parade route and had to wait about an hour before the festivities reached us.  This gave us plenty of time to admire the funny hats, wigs, and dress of our fellow revelers.
My colleagues had tried to temper my expectations about the parade saying it wouldn't be nearly as grand as the ones in the US.  I actually really liked the parade.  It was relatively short and sweet (finished in about an hour) and had an imaginative theme based on the short story Brilliant by Roddy Doyle.  The story is about the Big Black Dog of Depression that has descended over Dublin and how it's banished by shouting the word "BRILLIANT".
After the parade, we took a walk down Grafton Street, down Lower Baggot and then veered off to Scruffy Murphy's. Along the way, we saw more festive hats, including one sported by a horse.
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin Ireland - Decorated Cafe
 Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin Ireland - Horse Wearing a Hat
Scruffy Murphy's was hosting Celtic Symphony, a traditional Irish band.   It was nice to get away from the madness in the City Centre and drink a pint at our 'local'.  Slainte!  St. Paddy's Day!
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin Ireland - Trad Music at Scruffy Murphy's
 Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin Ireland - Pint of Guinness

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