ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A member of Ireland’s government is looking forward to Saturday’s 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown St. Louis.
Charlie Flanagan is a political party chair, as well as a member of the Irish Parliament.
He says his visit to St. Louis is all about “connectivity.”
“Ireland is an island of 4 million people, yet our family worldwide is 70 million, and that connection is as real and palpable in St. Louis as it is in many cities across the United States,” he says.
Flanagan, who was a guest on KMOX’s Hancock and Kelley Show, says he only knew a few things about St. Louis before his visit.
“I knew three things about St. Louis,” he says. “I knew about the Mississippi River, I knew about the famous Arch, and I knew about Budweiser beer.”
He’s says he’s here to celebrate and enhance the connection between Ireland and St. Louis, and that his experience in the city this week brings to mind the words of a contemporary Irish writer.
“Faraway cities are built to teach us more about home, and that’s what I’m learning in St. Louis,” he says. “The Irish community is so vibrant, so enthusiastic, so well-connected, that St. Louis for me is one of these faraway cities that Colum McCann speaks of.
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon on Saturday, and will travel down Market Street from 18th to Broadway. The St. Pat’s run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.
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