U.S. Army Japan band performs in Tokyo's St. Patrick's Day Parade
TOKYO – The 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade was held March 16 inviting all Irish and those wanting to be Irish for the day to the celebration. In true Irish fashion, over 50,000 people lined Omotsesando Avenue in Tokyo to watch the parade. About 1,500 people marched the route including the U.S. Army Japan Band from Camp Zama, Japan. The band has been invited to perform at this event for a number of years. The parade was lead by Ambassador of Ireland, John Neary; Dr. Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland’s first-ever Minister for Children and Youth Services and the parade’s Grand Marshal, Peter MacMillan. For the first time organizers added a concert at Yoyogi Park’s band shell to the day’s festivities. Under the banner “I Love Ireland,” the 11 member “Uncle Sam’s All-American Brass Band,” a segment of the Army Band, played to hundreds in the inaugural concert along with other groups.