Moscow, Russia, 21/03/2010. A dog in St Patrick's Day dress as several thousand people attend the 19th annual Moscow St Patrick's Day parade.
Photo © Jeremy Nicholl 2010. All Rights Reserved.

In most of the world Saint Patrick’s Day is marked on March 17th: in Russia, as with Christmas and Easter, the celebrations take place a few days later.

Of course since this is an Irish event in Russia it’s not only late, but things don’t go quite according to plan. “The feckin’ militia changed the route”, fumed a marshall at the start. More precisely, Moscow’s finest reversed the route, meaning that the advertised starting point became the finish and vice versa. Then they lined the street with crash barriers, making it as difficult as possible for the would-be Irish to get to where they hadn’t wanted to be in the first place.

Confused? You will be. Just join the fun – if you can find it – break through those police lines, and visit the Moscow Saint Patrick’s Day parade.

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