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Celebrating St Patrick's Day around the World

  • St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular annual festivals in the world. While the biggest celebrations happen in Dublin, there are plenty of other St. Patrick’s Day parties to check out around the globe. Here, we take a look at some of the destinations 'going green' this St. Patrick’s Day.

  • 1. London, England

    This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in London will take place on Sunday, March 18th and will feature colourful floats and marching bands aplenty. Beginning at noon, the parade will start at Green Park and march towards Trafalgar Square where an all-day festival is taking place. At the Trafalgar Square festival, you’ll find free entertainment from 11.30am-6pm including traditional Irish dancing and music. Other events will take place throughout the city leading up to the day itself, including storytelling sessions, exhibitions and plenty of parties in some of London’s best Irish pubs. On top of that, the EDF Energy London Eye will be lit up in festive green on March 17th, one of many landmarks and attractions around the world ‘going green’ for St. Patrick’s Day.

    Image ©EDF Energy London Eye

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  • 2. New York, USA

    The Empire State Building, one of New York’s top attractions, is also ‘going green’ for this year’s celebrations. A staple of St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans in the Big Apple, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is entering its 250th edition this year. Starting at 11am and lasting for 6 hours, the parade will march down Fifth Avenue and will feature floats and marching bands galore. Expect huge crowds and lots of green beer at the city’s numerous Irish bars.

    Image ©Empire State Building

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  • 3. Brussels, Belgium

    If you’re visiting Brussels on Sunday March 18th and feel like being Irish for the day you're in for a treat as the city's St Patrick's Day Parade is being staged then in Schuman area of the EU Quarter in Brussels which is known to be the city's Irish village. Then the following Saturday on the day itself the Manneken Pis, which is one of the most popular landmarks in Brussels, will be lit in green for St. Patrick’s Day. On top of that, this much-photographed little fellow will also be wearing tweed for the occasion.

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  • 4. Sydney, Australia

    On Sunday, March 18th visitors to Sydney will be able to enjoy the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Family Day. The parade is set to start at noon, leaving from the Town Hall on George Street and heading along Park Street and Elizabeth Street before ending up at Hyde Park. Along with the spectacle of the parade itself, you’ll also be able to enjoy lots of entertainment in Hyde Park from the local and international music acts performing on the main stage to the food stalls, and plenty more.

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  • 5. Toronto, Canada

    Eamonn O'Loughlin, a man well-known to the Irish community in Toronto will serve as the Grand Marshal at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Toronto. Starting at noon on March 11th, the parade will travel along Bloor Street, down Yonge Street and along Queen Street where it will finish at Nathan Phillips Square. A colourful mix of floats and performers are set to take part in the event, from marching bands to Irish athletic organisations. Celebrations this year will be particularly special since it will be 25 years since the first parade to mark the day took place in the city.

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  • 6. Munich, Germany

    Increasing in popularity all the time, this city’s celebrations are set to begin on March 12th with Paddy’s Night Out. A free event, it will see three bands and two Irish dancing groups performing at the Hacker Pschor Bräuhaus on Theresienhöhe. Munich’s 17th St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on March 11th. Starting at noon, the route will take a great variety of floats and performers from Münchner Freiheit to Odeonsplatz along Leopoldstrasse and Ludwigstrasse. Following the arrival of the parade in Odeonsplatz, revellers will be able to enjoy an after-parade party featuring former Eurovision winner, Johnny Logan alongside a number of other Irish music and dance acts.

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  • 7. Boston, USA

    One of the most Irish cities in the US, Boston celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in style with its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The second biggest parade of its kind in the country, it’s held in the predominantly Irish-American neighbourhood of South Boston or ‘Southie’. Each year, this parade attracts around 1 million spectators and is also broadcast live on TV. This year, the parade is set to start at noon and travel from the Broadway T Station to Andrew Square.



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  • 8. Auckland, New Zealand

    New Zealand’s tallest manmade structure, the Sky Tower at SKYCITY Auckland will go green as part of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Auckland. Leading up to the big day itself, you’ll find plenty of things happening around the city. You can check out the parade which will start at 11am on the day itself and head along Queen and Albert Streets. It’ll be followed by a Fleadh (venue to be confirmed) on Aotea Square, where you’ll be able to enjoy traditional Irish music and dancing. This year’s Auckland Irish Society Carnival will take place on the same day at Fowlds Park, Sandringham and will feature food stalls, Gaelic football and more. Of course Auckland’s numerous Irish pubs will be hosting lively parties celebrating all things Irish.

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  • 9. Chicago, USA

    The dyeing of the Chicago River is one of the highlights of the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago, one of the top US destinations. This year the River will go green on March 17th at around 10.45am. If you’re in the area and want to watch as it happens, some of the best viewing spots are the east side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, the west side of the Columbus Drive Bridge, and Upper and Lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. The 57th St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at noon leaving from Balbo and Columbus, and heading north up Columbus Drive towards the Buckingham Fountain. Plenty of other events are set to take place throughout the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from a fun run to theatre shows.

    Image ©City of Chicago / GRC



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  • 10. Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo’s 20th St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place this year on March 18th. Starting at 2pm, the parade will head along Omotesando Street near Harakuku station. Expect colourful costumes, marching bands and floats aplenty to feature as part of the celebrations.



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  • 11. Cape Town, South Africa

    Another famous global landmark going green for St. Patrick’s Day this year is Table Mountain. One of the top attractions in Cape Town, Table Mountain provides a stunning backdrop to this intriguing city. Other things to do in Cape Town include a visit to Robben Island, a day at the beach at Camps Bay, a wander around the V&A Waterfront and lots more.



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  • 12. Buenos Aires, Argentina

    South America’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations take place in Buenos Aires, a city which actually boasts the 5th largest Irish community in the world. While a parade isn’t part of the celebrations, if you’re in Buenos Aires for March 17th you’ll find a 10-block area of the Retiro district turned into a giant street party featuring music, dancing and lots of craic.

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  • St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular annual festivals in the world. While the biggest celebrations happen in Dublin, there are plenty of other St. Patrick’s Day parties to check out around the globe. Here, we take a look at some of the destinations 'going green' this St. Patrick’s Day.

  • 1. London, England

    This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in London will take place on Sunday, March 18th and will feature colourful floats and marching bands aplenty. Beginning at noon, the parade will start at Green Park and march towards Trafalgar Square where an all-day festival is taking place. At the Trafalgar Square festival, you’ll find free entertainment from 11.30am-6pm including traditional Irish dancing and music. Other events will take place throughout the city leading up to the day itself, including storytelling sessions, exhibitions and plenty of parties in some of London’s best Irish pubs. On top of that, the EDF Energy London Eye will be lit up in festive green on March 17th, one of many landmarks and attractions around the world ‘going green’ for St. Patrick’s Day.

    Image ©EDF Energy London Eye

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  • 2. New York, USA

    The Empire State Building, one of New York’s top attractions, is also ‘going green’ for this year’s celebrations. A staple of St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans in the Big Apple, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is entering its 250th edition this year. Starting at 11am and lasting for 6 hours, the parade will march down Fifth Avenue and will feature floats and marching bands galore. Expect huge crowds and lots of green beer at the city’s numerous Irish bars.

    Image ©Empire State Building

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  • 3. Brussels, Belgium

    If you’re visiting Brussels on Sunday March 18th and feel like being Irish for the day you're in for a treat as the city's St Patrick's Day Parade is being staged then in Schuman area of the EU Quarter in Brussels which is known to be the city's Irish village. Then the following Saturday on the day itself the Manneken Pis, which is one of the most popular landmarks in Brussels, will be lit in green for St. Patrick’s Day. On top of that, this much-photographed little fellow will also be wearing tweed for the occasion.

  • Book hostels in Brussels | Brussels video, podcast, free pocket guide and more

  • 4. Sydney, Australia

    On Sunday, March 18th visitors to Sydney will be able to enjoy the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Family Day. The parade is set to start at noon, leaving from the Town Hall on George Street and heading along Park Street and Elizabeth Street before ending up at Hyde Park. Along with the spectacle of the parade itself, you’ll also be able to enjoy lots of entertainment in Hyde Park from the local and international music acts performing on the main stage to the food stalls, and plenty more.

  • Book hostels in Sydney | Sydney video, podcast, free pocket guide and more

  • 5. Toronto, Canada

    Eamonn O'Loughlin, a man well-known to the Irish community in Toronto will serve as the Grand Marshal at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Toronto. Starting at noon on March 11th, the parade will travel along Bloor Street, down Yonge Street and along Queen Street where it will finish at Nathan Phillips Square. A colourful mix of floats and performers are set to take part in the event, from marching bands to Irish athletic organisations. Celebrations this year will be particularly special since it will be 25 years since the first parade to mark the day took place in the city.

  • Book hostels in Toronto | Toronto video, podcasts, free pocket guide and more

  • 6. Munich, Germany

    Increasing in popularity all the time, this city’s celebrations are set to begin on March 12th with Paddy’s Night Out. A free event, it will see three bands and two Irish dancing groups performing at the Hacker Pschor Bräuhaus on Theresienhöhe. Munich’s 17th St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on March 11th. Starting at noon, the route will take a great variety of floats and performers from Münchner Freiheit to Odeonsplatz along Leopoldstrasse and Ludwigstrasse. Following the arrival of the parade in Odeonsplatz, revellers will be able to enjoy an after-parade party featuring former Eurovision winner, Johnny Logan alongside a number of other Irish music and dance acts.

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  • 7. Boston, USA

    One of the most Irish cities in the US, Boston celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in style with its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The second biggest parade of its kind in the country, it’s held in the predominantly Irish-American neighbourhood of South Boston or ‘Southie’. Each year, this parade attracts around 1 million spectators and is also broadcast live on TV. This year, the parade is set to start at noon and travel from the Broadway T Station to Andrew Square.



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  • 8. Auckland, New Zealand

    New Zealand’s tallest manmade structure, the Sky Tower at SKYCITY Auckland will go green as part of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Auckland. Leading up to the big day itself, you’ll find plenty of things happening around the city. You can check out the parade which will start at 11am on the day itself and head along Queen and Albert Streets. It’ll be followed by a Fleadh (venue to be confirmed) on Aotea Square, where you’ll be able to enjoy traditional Irish music and dancing. This year’s Auckland Irish Society Carnival will take place on the same day at Fowlds Park, Sandringham and will feature food stalls, Gaelic football and more. Of course Auckland’s numerous Irish pubs will be hosting lively parties celebrating all things Irish.

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  • 9. Chicago, USA

    The dyeing of the Chicago River is one of the highlights of the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago, one of the top US destinations. This year the River will go green on March 17th at around 10.45am. If you’re in the area and want to watch as it happens, some of the best viewing spots are the east side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, the west side of the Columbus Drive Bridge, and Upper and Lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. The 57th St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at noon leaving from Balbo and Columbus, and heading north up Columbus Drive towards the Buckingham Fountain. Plenty of other events are set to take place throughout the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from a fun run to theatre shows.

    Image ©City of Chicago / GRC



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  • 10. Tokyo, Japan

    Tokyo’s 20th St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place this year on March 18th. Starting at 2pm, the parade will head along Omotesando Street near Harakuku station. Expect colourful costumes, marching bands and floats aplenty to feature as part of the celebrations.



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  • 11. Cape Town, South Africa

    Another famous global landmark going green for St. Patrick’s Day this year is Table Mountain. One of the top attractions in Cape Town, Table Mountain provides a stunning backdrop to this intriguing city. Other things to do in Cape Town include a visit to Robben Island, a day at the beach at Camps Bay, a wander around the V&A Waterfront and lots more.



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  • 12. Buenos Aires, Argentina

    South America’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations take place in Buenos Aires, a city which actually boasts the 5th largest Irish community in the world. While a parade isn’t part of the celebrations, if you’re in Buenos Aires for March 17th you’ll find a 10-block area of the Retiro district turned into a giant street party featuring music, dancing and lots of craic.

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