Jolly Patrick

Why Russia is so fond of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a mystery. The history of Ireland is almost unknown to Russian people, and for the current generation Patrick is more of a cheerful fairy-tale character in a hat with a green Shamrock than the Irish prototype of Prince Vladimir.

Moscow has been celebrating St. Patrick’s day since 1992. In 2015, the holiday fell on the weekend of March 14, although around the world it is celebrated three days later. But why wait if you can celebrate first? The invasion of people in green, as always, was noisy, fun and memorable.


Moscow, 2015 – 2020
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