Irish Week in Seattle

Yesterday marked the end of Irish Week in Seattle, which culminated in a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and an Irish Week Festival at Seattle Center. I spent the week attending many of the events organized by the Irish Heritage Club and the hardworking Honorary Consul of Ireland, John Keane. The week started out with a soda bread competition at TS McHugh’s in Queen Anne with live music and Irish dancing to keep the crowd entertained while the judges chose the winners. My sister-in-law entered and took home an award for her brown soda bread. I took home the award-winning loaf and ate it!

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Judging soda bread is a serious business

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This is what award-winning brown soda bread looks like

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The entries for ‘glorified’ soda bread – these loaves didn’t qualify as true soda bread which contains only 4 ingredients – flour, buttermilk, salt & baking soda

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Having a bit of a dance while the judges choose a winner

On Friday I joined in the Seattle tradition of the Laying O’ The Green Stripe and then popped down to check out the parade on Saturday. Here are a few images from the day.

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West Seattle High School get the crowd going – this band only formed last year but they rocked the parade

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William Patrick Kiley marches as St Patrick in his 44th parade

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The man behind Irish Week, John Keane, watches as the parade draws to a close

Hope you did something fun for St. Patrick’s Day.

xxx Ailsa

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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37 Responses to Irish Week in Seattle

  1. Love the parade shots. I’m looking forward to my town’s big St. Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday!

    • ailsapm says:

      How interesting that your hometown is holding the parade on the 23rd, Beth, I thought most places held their parade the weekend closest to St Patrick’s Day. That’s good news though, you get to prolong the Paddy’s Day celebrations. 🙂

  2. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful photos – it looks like as the atmosphere was great in the streets of Seattle – very well captured… 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      It was a really fun day, Drake, the crowds were in great form and Seattle’s rainy weather took a break and let the sun shine through for almost the entire weekend! 🙂

  3. Patrick Mooney says:

    great pictures, you’ve been busy

  4. Awesome post. I bet you forgot you’re actually in Seattle and not Ireland. Very cool

  5. tilde531 says:

    <—- Didn't do anything in observance of the holiday, so your post (and others like it) was a joy to view.
    Great series!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. livvy30 says:

    I love your St Patrick-he looks the part!

  7. Haha, I don’t even think Ireland had this much Irishness going on yesterday! Very cool to see St Paddy’s Day gone global! 🙂

  8. John says:

    Great photography! Looks like a great time for all. 🙂

  9. ehkstream says:

    Your header photo is a leprechaun if I ever saw one, it’s got that look… 🙂

  10. niamhington says:

    Great pictures. Love the dogs in Irish outfits!

  11. markd60 says:

    I don’t see John Keane wearing any green. Hope somebody pinched him!

  12. Fun Stuff! Thanks for sharing your joy Ailsa.

  13. viveka says:

    Brilliant and funny …. you, guys over there … know how to celebrate – but on the other hand there is more Irish living in US than it’s on Ireland. Love the guy with the green beard. Will post my first post about Seattle tomorrow, will be 3 in total. Welcome.

  14. twoscamps says:

    I enjoyed these photos! St. Paddy’s day was a bust here next time we’ll go to Seattle to celebrate!

  15. What a great way to celebrate Irish week and the wearing of the green, Did they serve green beer?

  16. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Wonderful photos Ailsa! not over keen on dressed up dogs though 🙂

  17. Steve Hanley says:

    A fun and informative story with great pics! Well done. Here in Rhode Island, we conflate St. Patrick’s Day with St. Joseph’s Day, the annual Italian heritage festival. The result is the shops are filled with an Italian pastry called a zepole, which is in Italian means zeppelin. These are filled with green colored whipped cream and if you eat enough of them, you will LOOK like a zeppelin!

    Enjoyed a traditional corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots meal. Glad that’s over! Cooking corned beef properly requires the patience of Job.

  18. These pix are fabulous! Looks like a super fun celebration. Last night we watched a program that featured Gaelic Storm. They were such great entertainment. Funny thing is I don’t really search out their kind of music, but now, I’d go to one of their concerts in a New York Minute! If you get a chance, YouTube them. I’ll bet you’ll enjoy. 😉

  19. Amy says:

    I’ve never heard about the soda bread serious business before 🙂 Love the little dog.
    How fun!

  20. Kate says:

    Love all your photos! We were at the Seattle Center yesterday for the festivities. Our little guy was very intrigued by the Irish Band, and I loved the dancers!

  21. Nice “should have been there” shots. As to the puppy…If you are going to dress your dog, you might as well go for the gold…

  22. Ailsa, I am in awe of your photos and style. Thanks.

  23. Nia Simone says:

    Not as fun as THIS! Wow!

    Love the soda bread competition and that you took it home and ate it! LOL

  24. Love your parade galleries. Congrats to your sister on her win, but I suspect it is really you that got the win 🙂 I’ll bet that bread was really good.

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  26. pictures are very beautiful and you know I might take a picture of where

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  28. Jim Cutler says:

    Superb photography! Loved these.

  29. Love to celebrate in green. I went to Johnny Foley Irish House in San Francisco and celebrate with jolly people and a few pints.

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