“Top of the Day” as the Irish would say – and it certainly was in Benidorm today. The sun shone (a relief after the weekend rain we had), the music played - loudly and the drink flowed, as parts of the Rincon de Loix turned into a mini Ireland to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland – St Patrick.
The streets turned into an emerald green as everyone embraced the occasion and celebrated, but I bet that not many actually know the meaning of the day or that St Patrick is also the Patron Saint of Nigeria! To most it’s an excuse to wear something green and drink far too much of the black stuff - Guinness. I bet Diageo, the company which owns and distributes the stuff will be rubbing their hands with glee.
Many came over from the UK especially for the extended weekend celebrations, dressing up or at the very least wearing either a Guinness hat or green garland around their necks. It is great to see everyone turning Irish for the day, but rather sad that when it comes to St George´s Day on 23rd April no-one appear to go to much effort.
Even the bars went to great lengths to decorate with bunting, flags and balloons – with many putting on live music throughout the entire afternoon. St Patrick must have been looking down and smiling upon all the leprechauns and shamrocks running around the streets of Benidorm today – enjoying the mighty craic.