On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish

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Despite it being a blistering hot afternoon, several hundred locals and expats, young and old, gathered at Alcazar Theater for the start of the 2018 Pattaya St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parade organisers were once again honoured to welcome back His Excellency Brendan Rodgers, Ambassador at the Embassy of Ireland in Bangkok. Trophies were awarded for the winners of the Best Decorated Float category, which this year went to Centara Grand Resort.
Despite it being a blistering hot afternoon, several hundred locals and expats, young and old, gathered at Alcazar Theater for the start of the 2018 Pattaya St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parade organisers were once again honoured to welcome back His Excellency Brendan Rodgers, Ambassador at the Embassy of Ireland in Bangkok. Trophies were awarded for the winners of the Best Decorated Float category, which this year went to Centara Grand Resort.

2018 Pattaya St. Patrick’s Day Parade

It was a blistering hot afternoon when several hundred locals and expats, young and old, gathered on the car park at Alcazar Theater for the start of the 2018 Pattaya St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Now in its eighth year, the parade organisers were once again honoured to welcome back to Pattaya His Excellency Brendan Rodgers, Ambassador at the Embassy of Ireland in Bangkok, who arrived with his fiancée Ms. Kevin Doris Ejon.

Ambassador Rodgers was welcomed by Father Peter and Father Michael from the Father Ray Foundation, as well as Derrick Kane and Steve Devereux from the Irish Society of Pattaya; Mr. Kane is the one who first came up with the idea of a Pattaya parade, and this year his family arrived from the Emerald Isle and filled one whole truck, which was festooned with green, white and orange balloons, and everyone seemed to be enjoying the craic!

Speeches were given, the flags of Ireland and Thailand were raised to the sounds of their respective national anthems, and then it was time to start the parade.

The band from the Royal Thai Navy led the parade, which was followed by the VIP’s, who this year marched alongside the youngsters from the Father Ray Foundation, who once again were the beneficiaries of the money raised during the parade.

As the parade made its way along Pattaya Beach Road the marching bands warned those sunbathing on the beach, eating in restaurants and in the stores shopping that something special was arriving, and in some places there were large crowds watching the parade.

Food was provided by the Volunteer Chef Club.
Food was provided by the Volunteer Chef Club.

Floats traveling down Beach Road included those from Pattaya Floating Market, Centara Grand Resort, Long Beach Garden, Trojan Construction, King Power and the Irish Society, from whose float came the sound of traditional Irish music from the four musicians.

As the parade came to an end on the grounds of Pattaya School No. 8, Ambassador Rodgers presented awards to all the sponsors of the event, as well as trophies for the winners of the Best Decorated Float category, which this year went to Centara Grand Resort.

Each year the parade gets bigger, but Pattaya has many so called ‘Irish’ bars who have no interest in taking part; isn’t there an old saying that states that, ‘on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish.’ Wouldn’t it be great if the whole of the Pattaya Irish community could forget their differences and come together for one day of fun and to raise money for a good cause? See you next year?

King Power, another parade sponsor.
King Power, another parade sponsor.
Father Peter and Ambassador Rodgers with the children from the Father Ray Foundation.
Father Peter and Ambassador Rodgers with the children from the Father Ray Foundation.
H.E. Ambassador Rodgers presented an award to Khru Porn from the Father Ray Children’s Home.
H.E. Ambassador Rodgers presented an award to Khru Porn from the Father Ray Children’s Home.
Lowering the flag of Ireland at the end of the day.
Lowering the flag of Ireland at the end of the day.
The Kane family from Ireland.
The Kane family from Ireland.
Always good to have more than one saint.
Always good to have more than one saint.
Staff and volunteers from the Father Ray Day Care Center.
Staff and volunteers from the Father Ray Day Care Center.
Ambassador Rodgers and Ms Kevin Doris Ejon were welcomed by Father Peter, Father Michael, Saint Patrick and Derrick Kane.
Ambassador Rodgers and Ms Kevin Doris Ejon were welcomed by Father Peter, Father Michael, Saint Patrick and Derrick Kane.
Carrying the flag of Chang, one of the parade sponsors.
Carrying the flag of Chang, one of the parade sponsors.
Murphy’s Law, wouldn’t be a parade without them.
Murphy’s Law, wouldn’t be a parade without them.
This year the Floating Market sent a train instead of their usual boat.
This year the Floating Market sent a train instead of their usual boat.
A very loud band of drummers.
A very loud band of drummers.
The U.S. Veterans joined in the celebrations.
The U.S. Veterans joined in the celebrations.
Good Luck from the Centara Grand.
Good Luck from the Centara Grand.
Princess Leia, Obe One Kenobi and St. Patrick, all in one shot.
Princess Leia, Obe One Kenobi and St. Patrick, all in one shot.
The Royal Thai Navy Band led the parade.
The Royal Thai Navy Band led the parade.
It was a fun day for all the family.
It was a fun day for all the family.
One of several school marching bands which joined the parade.
One of several school marching bands which joined the parade.
One of the parade organisers.
One of the parade organisers.
One of three floats sent by the Father Ray School for Children with Special Needs.
One of three floats sent by the Father Ray School for Children with Special Needs.
Even Father Christmas joined in the fun.
Even Father Christmas joined in the fun.
Fever Bar & Guest House, first time in the parade and runner-up for Best Decorated Float.
Fever Bar & Guest House, first time in the parade and runner-up for Best Decorated Float.
All ready to go.
All ready to go.