Where to Party on St Paddy’s Day!14th March 2013
Originally a religious feast held in honour of Saint Patrick, St Patrick’s Day is now an excuse for people all around the world to celebrate in style with all things green, plus plenty of music, alcohol and food of course!
Dublin is celebration central, with a 5 day festival consuming the city, but if you happen to be elsewhere when 17th March rolls around this year (just a few days away!) why not enjoy an alternative Saint Patrick’s Day event instead?
New York, USA
New York may be more than 3,000 miles from Ireland but it definitely goes all out on St Patricks Day, boasting the world’s largest celebrations which attract more than 2 million spectators. Whether or not you have got Irish blood is irrelevant, it is one of the most anticipated events of the year for New Yorkers. Over 150,000 people march in the parade which descends on 5th Avenue. The parade always takes place on a Saturday, so this year, it is being held on 16th March and lasts from 11am through until around 4 or 5pm.
Alternative options: Savannah, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston or San Francisco.
Events in Montreal usually kick off a few days before the main event, with traditional breakfasts, drinks specials and Irish fare hitting menus around the city to get people in the mood for the impending celebrations. On St Paddy’s Day itself, the parade, this year being the 190th, kicks off at 12 noon from the corner of Fort and St Catherine streets, lasting for around 3 hours with plenty of live music to enjoy afterwards!
Alternative options: Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa or Quebec.
Attracting more than 100,000 people, the Mayor’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is the largest of London’s events. The main stage in Trafalgar Square will host a variety of Irish dancers and performers while the colourful parade will march from Green Park at midday, to Trafalgar Square. Celebrate everything Irish with the food, crafts, culture and music on offer!
Alternative options: Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Belfast and more.
Head down under and get involved in Sydney’s parade which has been held in the city every year since 1810. Starting at midday on Sunday 17th March 2013, the parade will feature floats, marching bands and walkers, and will wind its way around the usual route which starts on the corner of George Street and Bathurst Street. Afterwards there will be Irish music and dancing, Irish food stalls and all the Guinness the bars can muster! Families are welcomed too with plenty of child friendly entertainment on offer, from bouncy castles to face painting and animal rides.
Alternative options: Brisbane.
If you can’t make it to any of these events, don’t despair; take a look at other ways you can celebrate or head to an Irish pub instead – one is never far away, so go green and live it up like a leprechaun with a celebratory tipple or two!