Irish Eyes Were Smiling on Our First Day of Spring

By Mireille Rita Grovier, photo by Barbara Merritt Espinosa

Every year, as the jacarandas begin to adorn our hillsides with their abundance of purple flowers, spreading their fragrance in our gardens, so too, in keeping with their annual tradition, the students at Centro Infantil San Pablo celebrate the arrival of spring. Dressed in appropriate costumes, joined by faculty, parents, and supporters, the children walk from the school on Pedro de Gante to Garibaldi Plaza in Centro. There they provide a song and dance gala for their companions and the waiting crowd. However, the walk was unique; the celebration was sprinkled with Forty Shades of Green because this year their Día de la Primavera happened to fall on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.

Leading the march— adorned with painted shamrock—was the school’s remarkable and incomparable Directora and Leprechauna of the day, Patricia Palacios Cortez.

Spectators were introduced to a genuine sense of the arriving season with a glimpse of little creatures emerging from their winter hibernation, called by the risin’ of the moon. The children wore costumes that depicted frogs, ants, and a variety of farm animals, pigs, chickens, and cows. The morning exemplified a beautiful sharing of an innovative celebratory experience with an age old tradition, crossing the pond from the Emerald Isle to our own little bit of heaven, here in San Miguel. Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, as they say, and that now includes our very own toddlers at CISP.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church founded Centro Infantil in 2001. To know more about Centro Infantil San Pablo, the educational opportunities provided to these amazing children, and how you can help, please visit our website at


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