It is with a very heavy heart that we must advise that the Sydney St. Patrick's Day Festivities and Children's Parade in Prince Alfred Park on the 19th March 2017 have been cancelled.
Due to substantial rainfall in Sydney this week, Prince Alfred Park is significantly saturated and unlikely to be dry for the celebrations on Sunday 19th March. This poses a major safety risk and if the event were to go ahead it is envisaged that significant damage will be caused to the surface of the park.
Ireland has always held a fascination for me, like many people in Australia, I can trace my ancestral heritage back to its shores and I fell in love with its charming villages, history, rugged sweeping coastline and the cosy pubs with amazing live music after travelling there a few years ago.
Steeped in legend and foklore, St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, is as synonymous with Ireland as Guinness, Ronan Keating, Leprechauns and Shamrocks. His fame includes charming all the snakes out of Ireland and introducing Christianity to its people.
Having celebrated in both Dublin and Sydney, I can vouch that the Sydney celebrations have always been a fantastic day out, especially if you have littlies or for those wishing to get their green on.
In 2017, the St. Patrick's Day Organisation is launching The Green Gathering. This is a family event which will be held on Sunday 19 March 2017 in Prince Alfred Park.
The Green Gathering is a FREE event for families and will have live entertainment on two stages. Whether you like Celtic Rock, Céilí bands, bagpipes, punk or traditional folk music you will find something to suit your musical tastes. The line up that has been announced so far includes; the soulful and critically acclaimed Gallie; dance favourites The Jimmy Mullarky Céilí band; the sublime voice of Aoife Scott and the progressive folk punk band The Bottlers with more to be announced.
There will be food stalls, marching bands, Irish dancers, face painting, jumping castles, spud and spoon races, sack races and a children's parade where the winner will take home a prize (you must register here by 10 March 2017 to enter).
It is a great family day which will help you get in touch with your Irish heritage and allows your children to experience and embrace Irish culture. Oh and you get to hear some great music while you have a lot of fun with family and friends. So don your best greens and head to Prince Alfred Park for a 'Craicing' day out.