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St. Patrick's Day 2020

An unusual place to celebrate the Irish National Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated even in Mexico City. The city's most iconic monument Angel of Independence or simply El Ángel is lit up green on the Irish National Holiday. Also, monuments in Paseo de la Reforma, the Álvaro Obregon Monument, Los Arcos, the Municipal Palace, the Monument to the Heroes, the Rotunda and the Paseo Chapultepec are usually illuminated in green. Mexico City and Guadalajara also offer a cultural program of a celebration of Irish heritage.

St. Patrick's Day parade takes place in Mexico City since 2016. The celebration starts at noon on Tamaulipas Street in the Condesa neighborhood. The parade is usually followed by a free concert of Celtic music and dance from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Parque España.

The reason why Mexico City celebrates St.Patrick's day so vigorously is that of the “martyrs” of St. Patrick’s Battalion who gave their lives to Mexico. “San Patricios” was the group of Irish soldiers who defected from the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War of 1846-48.

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