Wednesday, March 24, 2010

St Patrick's Day - Down Under Style.

We went to Newcastle at the weekend, our largest nearby town, about 45 minute drive from where we live. It was having a St Patrick's Day street festival and we thought we would call in and see what was happening.

Sian had a shamrock potato printed onto her cheek by a leprechaun with very strangely pointed ears. A bit too realistic a leprechaun for me! Gareth and Rhiannon politely refused to sit on the mad red haired strangers chair and resisted all offers of free balloon animals. The stranger danger message has sunk in to their little brains it seems!

There were a variety of stalls selling "authentic" Irish products, like Peruvian ponchos, Italian gelato and Chinese umbrellas??? Even the Indian restaurant had done it's best to deck the eating area with green, white and gold flags. I wonder how they managed to get their hands on so many? Oh yeah, that would also be the colours of the Indian flag, wouldn't it?!

Well in the spirit of true multi-culturalism we had a fun day. I guess thats what you get if when you celebrate your national feast day in a foreign land!

4 comments - click here to leave your comment:

  1. Glad I'm not the only one experiencing slightly odd St. Patrick's Day traditions, Gina!

    Glad you had a fun day!

  2. We went into Newcastle one year for the celebrations. Wayne celebrated a bit too much on the Jameson Irish Whiskey tho.... lol. Glad you had fun!

  3. Sounds like a fun day! :) I laughed when you mentioned the authentic Irish products. Almost as good as buying handcrafted and seeing Made In China stamped on the bottom. :)

  4. Glad you had fun celebrating the irish in ya!!!