Green with beer, clothes and fun
St Patrick’s Day is by far the biggest Irish festival and celebration of the year. A public holiday steeped in tradition, the day honours Saint Patrick who drove out Ireland’s snakes. While the day is celebrated throughout the world, the main St Patrick’s Day festivities take place in the capital of Ireland, Dublin, attracting hundreds of thousands of supporters dressed in green each year. St Patrick’s Day falls on March 17, however the clever folk in Dublin have capitalised on the popularity of the event in recent years and turned it into a five-day festival full of fun.
St Patrick’s Day in Dublin gets underway with the colourful pageantry and music of the St Patrick’s Day Parade starting at midday. Shortly after, the streets of Dublin transform into a performance spectacle with comedy, street performances and live music everywhere. The green beer, cider and whiskey also begins to flow at pubs across the city as well as at the Irish Beer and Whiskey Festival, where 15,000 of your soon-to-be best mates are also in on the action. At 6pm, the city’s most iconic buildings, including castles, museums and even cemeteries, turn green to celebrate the occasion.
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Tips and tricks
There are a lot of Plastic Paddies and paddy lovers throughout the world and Dublin is the mother of St Patrick’s Day celebrations – book any tickets, accommodation and transport in advance or choose a tour that includes the lot.
Secure your spot for the St Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at Parnell Square and continues on to O’Connell Street and over O’Connell Bridge onto Westmoreland, Dame and Lord Edward streets and along Patrick Street, where it finishes just past St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Wear green. It’s not mandatory, but will help you immerse yourself in the celebrations.
Learn all about St Patrick and get your bearings in Dublin on an In the Footsteps of St Patrick Walking Tour, which starts at Outside Discover Ireland Center (a converted church), on Suffolk Street at 11am and 2:30pm each day of the festival (there’s no 11am tour on St Patrick’s Day itself).
If you’re not staying near the action, public transport options include train, tram, bus, coach or taxi to the city centre.
If you love Irish comedy, take advantage of nightly comedy shows during the festival like the shows at the Laughter Lounge in Eden Quay.
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