Maurice Barron: The highlight was usually the local defense forces, who would have a really old tank or something like that. There would be some animals, a lot of local politicians with sashes, and lots and lots of Irish dancers dancing on some really dodgy floats.
And there's actually a religious element
Daniel McLean: We'd usually go to Mass in the morning, and then there'd be some sort of family meal. Like you have with Thanksgiving here, we have certain things we’d eat. Corned beef or ham or something like that. Pork and cabbage and potatoes. You’re also in the middle of Lent around St. Patrick’s Day. My parents always gave us the day off. So if you had given up fizzy drinks or sweets or whatever, you could have some of those.
Barron: You usually went to Mass, and it was the one day during Lent when you would be allowed some sweets or crisps.