THE 24TH TOKYO ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

Sun 03/20
THE 24TH TOKYO ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
2016-03-20 (Sun)
13:00
Omotesando, Tokyo

This parade is the biggest Irish event in Japan and it started in 1992 for the purpose of introducing Ireland to Japanese people. 

 
Date:Sunday, 20th March 2016
Time : 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: Omotesando - Harajuku, Tokyo

(5 minute-walk from Harajyuku Sta. on JR Yamanote Line or Tokyo Metro Omotesando Sta.)
Presented by INJ Tokyo
Supported by Embassy of Ireland, Shibuya Ward, Omotesando street
 

 
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Volunteers, Participants and Press Page
 
 To see details to Click here.
 
■We're collecting one-day volunteers for the parade!
Feel free to join us.
 To apply Click here
 
Volunteer Activities: 
Sunday, 20-Mar-2016 9:30 to 18:00
・putting up parade signs
  ・handing out goods
  ・painting Shamrocks on kids faces
  ・walking along in the Parade with Irish setters and marching bands
   ・cleaning after parade   etc...
Points of Attention of volunteering for us 
 ・from morning to afternoon, working outside mainly
 ・working the whole day
 ・sixteen years and over
 
■Has been closed collection parade participants.(Mar.19)
 
No unannounced participations are allowed.
Smoking, drinking alcohol and high heels are strictly prohibited.
Starting place : Jingumae elementary school
 See details.
 
Click here to apply.→ Parade Application パレード申込フォーム 2016

 

 

About St.Patrick's Day Parade

Saint Patrick
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, he brought Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century. Patricius was born in Britain to Roman parents sometime around 380 AD. He was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep.

While herding the sheep, he had much time to ponder the many Bible verses his Christian father taught him. After 6 years of captivity he escaped after having a dream from God and returned to Britain. In Britain he had yet another dream of the people of Ireland calling to his return and decided to become a priest. He went to France to begin his vocation and was sent to Ireland (to Slane which is now hugely famous for its rock festival) as a bishop around 432. He peacefully spread the word of God through preaching, baptizing, confirming in the then pagan Celtic Ireland. It is said that he and his disciples converted almost all of the population of Ireland.

Patrick is also credited with banishing all the snakes from Ireland. This is probably a metaphor for his driving the pagans from Ireland as snakes were often associated with pagan worship. Another well known legend had Patrick using the shamrock (which resembles a three leaf clover) to explain the Trinity as the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. He died on March 17th 461 at Saul and is believed to be buried in Downpatrick. And so it was that a young Briton named Patricius died an Irishman named Patrick. Every year on March 17th his death is celebrated around the world. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Japan 
On March 17, people all over the world will be join the Irish to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the death of their patron saint. Cities like New York and Boston will have large parades in which shamrocks, leprechauns and the colour green will predominate. Chicago will even dye its river green. No matter where you are, on Saint Patty's Day you will see the colour green worn more than on any other day of the year. The "wearing of the green," the national colour of Ireland, has become a way for people anywhere in the world to connect with Ireland.

That tradition is also upheld here in Tokyo and every year you can watch and participate in the parade on Omote Sando. The Tokyo parade is organized by the Irish Network Japan (INJ) and was first held in 1992 with the support of the then Irish Ambassador to Japan, Mr. James Sharkey. Various dignitaries from many countries participate in the parade including the deputy prime minister of Ireland Mary Hearney in 2001.