Cork's Nepalese community is looking ahead to this year's St. Patrick’s Day Parade that will proudly show off the multitude of cultures that make up the city.
This year, the parade will be welcoming the Nepalese community once again. The community has approximately 150 people and plan to add vibrancy and proudly display the culture of Nepal at this year’s parade.
Shulraraj Neepane of Cork’s Nepalese Community gave an insight of what to expect when they line up for the parade. “We will be showing Cork our banners and different placards and also be wearing clothes from back home. We want to introduce Cork to our community.”
Despite St. Patrick’s Day being just over a week away, Shulraraj is already planning for next year with the plans afoot to add the music of Nepal to the parade.
“We wanted to bring instruments to the parade but we weren’t able to get them in time. We will have them next year and show more of our culture.”
The distance between Cork and Nepal is over 7,700km, making it a long way from home for the Nepalese community, yet Neepane feels that their community is embraced by the people of Cork.
“The people of Cork are so friendly and there are so many people from all over the world too. Cork is more multicultural [than the rest of Ireland].”
Encouraging Cork and the rest of Ireland to visit Nepal, Shulraja revealed that, "Nepal is celebrating 2020 as a ‘Visit Nepal Year’ all year round. There will be many extra activities in Nepal throughout the year. As a member of the International Nepal Tourism Promotion Committee, I would like to invite all to the home of Mount Everest."
A parade that’s full of culture, the Nepalese community are ready to bring a part of Nepal to Cork this St. Patrick’s Day.
The 2019 Parade will take place Sunday March at 1pm beginning at the corner of Parnell PLace and South Mall, running along South Mall, Grand Parade, Patrick's Street and finishing on Merchant's Quay.