Saint Patrick’s Day Parade a la Pattaya

A traditional celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture …

Balloon Girl Closeup: Saint Patrick's Day in Pattaya, Thailand.

… in Pattaya, Thailand

It’s the traditions that keep us together. Take for example, St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a day when the Irish and people of Irish descent around the world pause for reflection on their heritage and what it means to be Irish, the children of history, famine, diaspora and poets.

Or not.

For most of us, even those of us who still have relations back on the Emerald Isle, it’s an excuse to party. And the Thais love and excuse to party — any excuse to indulge in sanuk will do, and that’s why we love them. So here’s a taste of St. Patrick’s Day Thai style, in (in)famous Pattaya, Thailand.

More Ethnic Drummers

Bored with the Parade

Traditional Brazilrish 2

O'Gara's Ladies 4

If you wish to see more, there are plenty — some 62 photos actually — over on my Flickr account, in my St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Pattaya, Thailand, 2013 photoset. Drunken falang, ladyboys, cute girls, public urination, Brazilian dancers in finery, needy children and a green elephant, among other things.

I have to say I’m pretty happy with my new DSLR and lenses. It’s nice to have respectable photo gear again; it’s been too long.

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