SAINT PATRICK AND SHAKESPEARE

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TWO ENDS OF THE SAME DAY: SAINT PATRICK BY DAY, SHAKESPEARE BY NIGHT

March 12, 2016

The morning in Phoenix at Saint Patrick’s Day parade, the evening in Tucson at a Shakespeare’s play

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Since this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2016) falls on a weekday, celebrations of this uniquely Irish holiday started early.  The parades were held in Phoenix on Saturday and in Tucson on Sunday.

Elizabeth and I joined the fun in both Arizona cities. Plus, on Saturday night in Tucson, we attended a wonderful performance of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” play at the University of Arizona.

The following day – Sunday – we did an 8-mile hike up and down the Sabino Canyon – our favorite hiking spot in the Tucson area.  By the time we were done, the Tucson Saint Patrick’s Day parade was already over. So we skipped it and drove straight back home to Scottsdale – for a long and well-deserved nap and a Mexican dinner. 🙂

I’ve seen green shamrocks. I’ve seen green tea. I’ve seen green beer. But have you ever seen a green horse before? I have not. Yet here it is…

There were also Irish Wolfhounds (as if from the Cù-chulain legend), lots of jig-dancers and other entertainers.

St pat 2016 jig dancers

Here’s a video potpourri from the Phoenix parade:

PHOENIX SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2016

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 Here’s now a photo album from the Phoenix parade…

MY IRISH ROOTS…

For those of you who are not familiar with my “Irish Roots,” here’s the story… http://yinyangbob.com/Photos/Ireland98/Bob-Irish-updated.html

Here is also a link to last year’s St Patrick’s Day festivities in Maui... http://wp.me/p1jFeo-15t –

SHAKESPEARE IN TUCSON

After up for a bit at our Tucson hotel, Elizabeth and I attended a wonderful performance of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” at the University of Arizona.

We started the second day of this exciting weekend with an 8-mile hike up and down the Sabino Canyon. Since I had left my camera in the car, here some photos from our previous hikes through the same canyon.

It took about 1:45 hrs to get up to the top of the canyon – elev 3,313 ft, and another 1:15 hrs to get back.

TWO ENDS OF THE SAME DAY: ST PATRICK & SHAKESPEARE

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STORY OF SAINT PATRICK

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. For the next six years, he worked as a herder in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the counsel of a voice he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he was eventually reunited with his family.

According to the Confessio, in Britain Patrick had another dream, in which an individual named Victoricus gave him a letter, entitled “The Voice of the Irish.” As he read it, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country and walk among them once more. After studying for the priesthood, Patrick was ordained a bishop. He arrived in Ireland in 433 and began preaching the Gospel, converting many thousands of Irish and building churches around the country. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.

Since that time, countless legends have grown up around Patrick. Made the patron saint of Ireland, he is said to have baptized hundreds of people on a single day, and to have used a three-leaf clover–the famous shamrock–to describe the Holy Trinity. In art, he is often portrayed trampling on snakes, in accordance with the belief that he drove those reptiles out of Ireland.

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