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CMHR’s Tower of Hope Going Green

By David Klassen

Canadian Museum for Human Rights - Tower of Hope
The Tower of Hope atop the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (HANDOUT)

The Tower of Hope at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is going green tonight and tomorrow, but it’s not for an environmental cause.

The tower atop the museum will be lit green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day on Monday. For two nights, buildings around the world will join in Tourism Ireland’s “Global Greening” celebration.

The CMHR is one of eight Canadian landmarks to take advantage of this opportunity for global publicity and awareness as part of a massive campaign on traditional and social media.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Parade
An attendee of the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade gets all dressed up for the occasion on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The all-ages festive event drew dozens of people to The Forks and eventually through the streets of downtown Winnipeg. (HOWARD WONG / FOR CHRISD.CA)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Planned for Saturday

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Planned for Saturday

Hundreds of people cross Broadway during the first annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Winnipeg on Saturday, March 17, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)
Hundreds of people cross Broadway during the first annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Winnipeg on Saturday, March 17, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

What started off as a one-time gathering of Irish-loving St. Patrick’s Day revellers is back for another year.

The second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take over sidewalks in downtown Winnipeg on Saturday, albeit a day earlier than the 17th.

Organizers are encouraging anyone who comes out to wear green and meet at The Forks at 12:15 p.m. The group will depart at 1 p.m. and walk north up Main Street to West Broadway, north up Donald Street and east down Portage Avenue, eventually heading south on Main and back to The Forks for 2 p.m.

The all-ages parade is open to anyone who wants to join in.

See the parade route below.


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Hundreds Turn Out for Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Hundreds Turn Out for Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By David Klassen

Hundreds of people cross Broadway during the first annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Winnipeg on Saturday, March 17, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

About six hundred people wore their best green outfits to take part in Winnipeg’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday.

People met at the Manitoba legislature around noon to congregate and show off their wares before heading east down Broadway toward Carlton Street. Once there, many revellers descended upon Shannon’s Irish Pub to continue the celebrations, while the younger parade-goers continued through the city’s downtown.

The parade was organized after similar St. Patrick’s Day events in the United States.

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St. Patrick’s Day Festivities Begin with Inaugural Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities Begin with Inaugural Parade

Winnipeg’s first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade will help kick off the green holiday today to celebrate the Irish in all of us (at least on the 17th).

Organizers are encouraging people to gather at noon at the Manitoba legislature. There will be plenty of green under blue skies as the weather is predicted to continue its balmy trend for the entire weekend.

At 1 p.m., the parade will leave the legislature grounds and head down to Shannon’s Irish Pub at 175 Carlton Street. In previous years, Shannon’s has sold tickets to its famous St. Patrick’s Day get-together, but this year, it’s first-come, first-served.

The party is expected to last well into the early hours of Sunday, as green beer flows the entire night. If St. Paddy’s isn’t for you, there’s Agriculture in the City taking place at The Forks, Shooters driving range on Main Street, or a selection of many fine patios on Corydon Avenue, which have since opened amid the mild temperatures.

And if it wasn’t already a given, have fun and please drink responsibility.

Irish Club Hosting Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party

Irish Club Hosting Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party

The Irish Association of Manitoba is throwing its annual St. Patrick’s Day party on Thursday.

The full-day event will include music, dancing, and of course, drinking… lots and lots of drinking.

The mayhem will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Irish Club, 654 Erin Street.

The entertainment will kick off with Comhaltas Winnipeg – Flatland Ceili Band, followed by the McConnell Schoool of Irish Dance and a full evening of music sets from Larry McLenna, Al Smith, traditional music band Rinn, and the McDonnell School of Dance. The night will wrap up with Ard Ri, Rinn, and another performance by the McConnell School of Irish Dance in a high tempo show.

Patrons are invited to wear their best green outfit.

Festivities will run until closing time.

The Making of a Shamrock Shake Run

There’s more to getting your mitts on a Shamrock Shake on St. Patrick’s Day than simply driving to Grand Forks. Hot 103’s Ace Burpee coordinated an early morning run to a McDonald’s south of the border today.

Unlike last year, showing up and ordering a hundred shakes is a bit overwhelming for the restaurant. So, this year, they decided to call ahead.

The best part? The response from the Canadian border agent when a car full of frozen milkshakes pulls up.

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While we’re on the topic … enjoy this Shamrock Shake commercial from 1983.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everybody!

To help you get into the spirit of this fine day, the Irish Association of Manitoba sent along some fun facts:

  1. Green Beer turns your urine green. Not true, but we have had reports of people consuming so much green beer that their skin has been green-tinged the following day. We don’t recommend drinking green beer, as beer should be treated with respect, and recommend that you come to the Irish Club for the best Guinness in town. Just say no to Green Beer!
  2. The birthrate in Ireland peaks on the 22nd October. It is customary for a child born on this day to be called Patrick, even if it is a girl.
  3. The Irish have the best “craic” in the world. Absolutely, and unlike Columbian Marching Powder, our craic is 100% legal in every country in the world except for those under Islamic Law.
  4. Irishmen become so fabulously handsome at 11.30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. This is untrue, sadly it is impossible for the Irish male to become any better looking. For example Pierce Brosnan and Colin Farrell are regarded as distinctly average in Ireland.
  5. Leprechauns do not exist. This is also untrue – almost every Irish person has seen one at some stage, normally on Paddie’s Day, when they appear later in the evening. If you see one, and manage to catch it, do not take your eyes off it. Hold it tight and insist it takes you to his pot of gold, but he will try to distract you to look away and then he will disappear.

In the mood to be Irish for the day? The association at 654 Erin Street is hosting a full day of music and dancing — and of course, beer!

If you’re looking for those famous Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s, we as Canadians may be out of luck, but Hot 103’s Ace Burpee is apparently getting his hands on some from Grand Forks later today.