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Russian Women Love St. Patrick's Day

15. March 2012 by Christy 0 Comments

Think Russian women don't like St. Patrick's Day? Think again! Russian men and women love this festive Irish holiday as much as revelers in any other nation.

Russians do St. Patty's Day right. They drink, they sing, they dance. They dress in green and attend parties and parades. In fact, so many Russians celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that Moscow holds an annual parade on New Arbat each March. Though authorities canceled the celebration last year, citing traffic concerns, Russians partied on the streets anyway, and the parade is set to make a comeback this Saturday. Around 40,000 Russians attend the beloved street festival each year.

“The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Moscow and elsewhere is a sign of the friendship between Ireland and Russia,” said Philip McDonagh, the Ambassador of Ireland, Moscow. “From Kamchatka to Connemara, from Vladivostok to Vancouver, our region has many cultural roots in common.”

In addition to the parade, a number of Irish musicians will fly into Moscow to perform on St. Patrick’s Day, and pubs and restaurants throughout the city will hold special events in honor of the Irish holiday. Irish film festivals and concerts are also popular.

Ukraine also holds a number of parades, carnivals, and celebrations, though some estimate that only 30 people out of Ukraine’s 46 million are actually Irish. Nevertheless, the events draw many tourists and expatriates who welcome the chance to drink green beer and party with Ukrainian men and women.

If you're chatting with a special Russian lady this weekend, be sure to wish her a happy St. Patrick's Day. She'll appreciate your fun and thoughtful gesture.