Every year since 1996 on the Sunday before St. Patrick´s Day, Munich has turned green. It´s the day of the biggest St Patrick’s´s Day parade in continental Europe!
Besides St. Patrick you can find Irish musicians, GAA & rugby clubs, Irish dancers as well as Bavarian drummers, flag-wavers and numerous other Irish supporting groups marching in the parade. At the after party, where there can be up to 25,000 people, one has the possibility to hear the mayor of Munich singing, to consume Irish & Bavarian beer and to listen and dance to Irish music. It´s Irish and Bayerisch!
It is a lot of work for everyone who is involved in organizing such a big event. For the München Colmcilles GAA club this day is always a very special day. Every member and supporter, past and present lends a helping hand; The hurling kids and their parents march in the parade to show everyone how Gaelic Games are played while the players and supporters provide the security and run the bar.
It´s the most important fundraising day of the year for the München Colmcilles club. All profits go towards ordering new equipment, financing players´ travel to tournaments in Europe and it gives the München Colmcilles the funds to host/organize tournaments/games and to organize/take part in coaching/referee courses. Without the bar at the St. Patrick´s Day parade it would be hard to exist as club.
It is a lot of work on the day and beforehand but it is always worth it. It is a fun, team-building day for all those involved – especially squeezing in the small beer stand, working together, pulling pints and being part of the great atmosphere. It´s a great opportunity to take part in such a friendly and intercultural event!
To properly recognize the Irish-Bayerisch connection, in the evening on March 17th , the Hofbräuhaus, BMW-World, Olympic tower, Allianz-Arena, Killians Irish Pub and some other restaurants are lit up in green!