Red Star over . . . Ireland? St. Pat's Parade This Year Will Take on Worldly Air

By Patricia Corrigan Of the Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), March 14, 1997 | Go to article overview

Red Star over . . . Ireland? St. Pat's Parade This Year Will Take on Worldly Air


Patricia Corrigan Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY, they say, everyone is Irish. This year, that will include Chinese, Russians, Japanese and Senegalese people, who all will step out Saturday in the St. Patrick's Day Parade downtown.

The St. Louis Center for International Relations gets credit for the multinational presence in the parade.

"This is the first time we've ever been in the parade as an organization, and we're marching in honor of the 20th anniversary of our Sister City relationship with Galway," said Joanne Gladney, executive director. As the foreign affairs office for the city and St. Louis County, the Clayton-based Center for International Relations serves as the umbrella organization for the Sister Cities program. The 10 Sister Cities are Bologna, Italy; Galway, Ireland; Georgetown, Guyana; Lyon, France; Nanjing, China; St. Louis, Senegal; Samara, Russia; Stuttgart, Germany; Suwa, Japan; and Szczecin, Poland. "We are delighted that the Sister Cities program has coordinated this effort to join our international parade," said Joseph B. McGlynn Jr., the local lawyer who founded the parade in 1970. St. Patrick's Day this year formally falls on Monday. John Mulholland, lord mayor of Galway, will be among the dignitaries leading Saturday's parade. But, hey, he's Irish. Marching in Unit 9 with the Center for International Relations will be people from Suwa, Samara, Nanjing and St. …

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