On St Patrick’s Day, March 17th at 8:00 PM, the cities of San Francisco and Cork, Ireland made history with a LIVE St. Patrick's Day Simulcast Celebration!
With the assistance of Technology Partners, CISCO and UPC, revellers attending the largest St. Patrick's Day celebration west of the Mississippi, the 161st annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade, watched a live performance of Pulses of Tradition: A showcase of the best Traditional Music and dancing that Ireland has to offer. The broadcast was beamed from the recently-renovated Christchurch which sits within what was once the medieval walled city of Cork.
Approximately 40,000 people gatheredin the San Francisco City Hall Plaza to see the 5,000 parade participants finish up in front of the Mayor's Grandstand. For the first time ever, they joined in the live celebrations of their sister city, Cork, Ireland, on their cellphones and 3G/4G enabled-tablets.
Meanwhile, attendees at Christchurch were able to see the San Francisco St. Patrick's Day parade as it wound its way from Market St and arrived at the Civic Centre. The action in San Francisco was beamed LIVE from Mayor Lee's private balcony in City Hall.
The Lord Mayor of Cork Terry Shannon and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee kicked off the broadcast on Saturday, March 17, at 8 PM (1 pm Pacific Time).
The performance featured world class groups such as Buille, Liadan, North Cregg, and Nomos, along with breathtaking dancers, with representation from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, at the University of Limerick.