A spokesman for St. Patrick’s Festival, the committee that organizes the civic celebrations in Dublin, said, “Parades and other cultural events will continue on the traditional feast day of St. Patrick, March 17.”
Got it? When in Ireland, go to Mass on Saturday. Go to Mass on Sunday, and don’t forget your palms. Then party on Monday of Holy Week. I wonder how they handled the rare occurence of St Patrick’s Day falling during Holy Week in medieval times? A Holy Week inclusive of March 17th won’t happen again until 2160.
Here in the States, we’re more flexible. Atlanta is doing it on March 15th. Farther north in the Bay State, Holyoke opts for March 30th, Divine Mercy Sunday. I get the idea this is more American weekend pragmatism than a liturgical sensibility.