It’s a very strange kind of St Paddy’s Day in Ireland this year.
With no bars, no parades and no clubs, a challenge has been presented. Yes, it’s March 17—a day most of Ireland’s population would usually spend in town and/or at the pub—but now, due to moves to stop the spread of coronavirus, they’ve had to adapt.
And—shocker!—they’ve done just that. The virtual parade is here! Did you really doubt the Irish spirit? You shouldn’t have for a second. The St. Patrick’s Day show must go on!
— Peter hynes🐄🇮🇪 #TeamHynes (@Peterhynes15) March 17, 2020
RTE came up with the brilliant idea of creating a hashtag to get people in St Paddy’s spirit, and share their garden celebrations. Go to #RTEVirtualParade to check out all the parades, or use the tag yourself on Twitter and Instagram to share your festivities!
The results of this are as glorious as you’d expect, and a much-needed distraction to lift the mood in this difficult period. Here are some of our favourites. Long live the virtual parade!
— Sarah Breen 🙅🏼♀️ (@SarahJayBee) March 17, 2020
#RTEVirtualParade #Proudtobeirish This is our own mini #StPatricksDay Parade – Eoghan & Duke getting Cabin Fever! Best Wishes Everyone – #StaySafe & Let’s hope with the Luck of the Irish we get through this in a few weeks. Look after each other ❤️❤️❤️❤️☘️☘️☘️☘️ pic.twitter.com/VMn2qOwlEQ
— Dr Tom Clonan (@TomClonan) March 17, 2020
— Nicola O’ Halloran (@nikkioh101) March 17, 2020
— orlaith corr (@CorrOrlaith) March 17, 2020
— Caroline Brosnihan (@DietitianCNDC) March 17, 2020
There we have it. A great time for all. Have a relaxing St. Patrick’s Day, stay safe and, remember, #RTEVirtualParade. I think they’ve won the internet today.
This article was originally posted on Secret Dublin, with adaptations.
Also published on Medium.