Sunday, March 1, 2015

Joan Applebaum Art Goes Green -"The Green Beer Parade"

In honor of St. Patrick's Day I will be featuring Irish themed art on my blog page March 1 - 17. When you are Irish, St. Patrick's Day is a season rather than just one day. This is especially true here in Syracuse where the winters are long and cold and we are just looking for any sign of spring.

Our 2015 Green Beer Parade took place last weekend. I was in North Carolina, so I missed it but I was there in spirit. 

I painted this image several years ago, but always bring it "out of the archives" at this time of the year. Right now it is currently at the Winter Recipe Show at the Tech Garden in Syracuse. So if you want to see it up close and personal….head on down to the Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St. Syracuse, NY during regular business hours M - F.

When I first posted this image of the Green Beer Parade (not to to be confused with the St. Patrick's Parade!…we like to celebrate here in Syracuse!) I wrote the text below. I am including the text again for anyone who is not familiar with this much loved, rather quirky event that helps us transition from Winter to Spring.

"If the St. Patrick's Day Parade is Syracuse's official Rite of Spring, then the Green Beer Parade must be the official prelude to the Rite of Spring. Each year approximately three weeks before St. Patrick's Day, the Green Beer Truck arrives at the intersection of Tompkins St. and Milton Ave, the only place in the world where the green traffic light is above the red. Accompanied by bag pipers and Irish dancers, the truck makes its slow journey down the street to Coleman's Irish Pub, as the sons and daughters of Tipperary Hill return home to witness the grand event. Snow swirls around us, but March is just around the corner and the hope of Spring is in the air."


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