The annual parade on St. Patrick Day in Moscow is cancelled, the Clerical Whispers website reports today (March 4, 2011).
"A club concert will take place in Moscow instead of the parade," Irish Ambassador to Russia Philip McDonagh said.
St. Patrick is Ireland's heavenly protector venerated by the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.
He is considered a founder and the first bishop of the Irish Church. St. Patrick came to Ireland as a missionary in the 5th century.