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It’s Not Just Green Beer!

March 16, 2009

Up here in Boston, St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal. It was the site of the first ever St. Patrick’s Day celebration in 1737, and the first parade was held in 1761. For some, it’s just an excuse for a party (the date of the first green beer is unrecorded), but for many others (Boston still has the largest proportion of Irish residents of any U. S. city) it’s a reason to remember a great and good heritage.

And a big part of that heritage is musical. Tonight we’re off to County Clare, home of the Tulla Ceili Band, formed in 1946 and still going. A ceili is a traditional Gaelic dance, and the traditional form of dancing done at the ceili is the “set,” demonstrated here by the Clare Set Dancers. I think they’re having fun. Enjoy a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!