St. Patrick’s Day parade in Vienna

It was a grand spectacle in miniature, as Austrians, Irish and lovers of the Irish gathered together in Vienna to celebrate one of the traditional Irish holidays that has been shared around the world. With exclusive video report.

St. Patrick's Day parade in Vienna
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Starting from the Freyung after a mass in Schottenkirche, nearly a thousand people met for the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Vienna, with a parade adding colour and Irish charm to the city's grey streets.

Most of the marchers wore green, as they marched to the sound of pipes and a brass band, celebrating the traditional festival of Ireland's patron saint.

Also in the parade were a pack of Irish setters and wolf hounds, along with their masters, all proudly wearing green.

The Irish ambassador to Austria, Mary Whelan, told something of the history of how St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in Austria in the past, with a story of one occasion involving the emperor in 1776.  

When asked by The Local if today was a good day to be Irish, she responded "It's great to be Irish every day."

Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Photo: Paul Gillingwater

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