Saint Patrick’s Day Festival, Dublin, 2011

Saint Patrick’s Day Festival
Dublin, 2011

Photographs by Stephen Hartshorne

The theme of the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was a short story by Roddy Doyle called “Brilliant!” in which the children of Dublin battle the Black Dog of Depression and reclaim the city’s funny bone.

The famous Black Dog of Depression
The famous Black Dog of Depression

The international journalists rode in the Brilliant! bus at the head of the parade.
The reporters rode in the Brilliant! Bus at the head of the parade.


The view from the Brilliant! Bus

More than 500,000 people turned out for the parade.
More than 500,000 people turned out for the parade.

Watching from the balconies

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Stephen Hartshorne
Stephen Hartshorne is the former associate editor of GoNOMAD.com. He writes a blog called ArmchairTravel about books he finds at flea markets and rummage sales. He teaches in local public schools in the Pioneer Valley and lives in Sunderland, Mass.