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Slide Show: Starting the Celebration

Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey Mary O’Connor kicks off the entertainment, reflecting on the St. Patrick’s Day blizzard of 1965 and reflecting on why it is important to celebrate Irish, and other immigrant, cultures.
Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey Anita Prestidge reads a passage written by famous Irish author James Joyce during the Irish Tea and Luncheon.
Staff photo by Connor Cummiskey Kent Menzel (left) acts out a joke about an Irishman, Scotsman and Englishman trying to sneak into the Olympics while Tom Kaehler (right) narrates.

The St. Patricks’ Day celebration started early in New Ulm on Saturday with the Irish Tea and Luncheon, put on by the New Ulm Irish Cultural Society at the Best Western Plus in New Ulm.

The event featured traditional Irish food, storytelling, music and dance, all to get the New Ulm ready for the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Friday, and to celebrate and reinforce the sense of identity for the Irish community in the German town of New Ulm and the surrounding area.

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