With countless St Patrick’s Day celebrations across the globe, we thought we’d make it easy and do the research for you. All you need to do is grab a beer, and keep on reading…
St Patrick’s Day is one of the largest celebrated events on the globe and is the biggest celebration of a single patron saint on the planet.
So no matter where you are in the world, throw on your best green outfit, find yourself a Shamrock (or anything remotely Shamrock-shaped), and grab your best mates for a wild celebration of Irish beer, music and good times – and all in good memory of the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick (that British bloke that found God and brought Christianity to Ireland, for those who don’t know).
If you’re not lucky enough to celebrate the real deal in Ireland, it’s time to check out the best Irish bars, pubs and clubs in your city. Think you can party a little harder than the local Irish bar? Why not check out where the best St Patty’s Day festivities are in your country?
Dublin, Ireland (March 16-20)
Celebrate the big day with the official St Patrick’s Day Festival, a wild four-day party that even the fairies and leprechauns (notorious in Ireland for their wild party antics) would struggle to keep up with. Hit the streets with drinks, walking parades, and music consisting of almost 4000 performers!
Tokyo, Japan (March 18)
Tokyo is by far the best place in Japan to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Watch as 2,000 people march down Omotesando Avenue with extravagant floats, Celtic dance performers and Folk music. It’s a fine sight as the by-standers line the streets with Japanese and Irish flags. Watch out for the ‘voucher’ girls who hand out coupons for free beer, and free shots of Baileys and Guinness.
Brisbane & Sydney, Australia (March 17)
Looking for a wild party in Australia? All the jolliest folk seem to be in Brisbane. On this day of the year, thousands of people chuck on costumes and take part in a huge marching parade with prizes for best dressed. Not keen… chuck on a green top-hat and check it out from the by-stands (beer in hand, of course) or head to popular Irish waterholes; Irish Murphy’s and The Irish Club – most of the parade end up here anyway.
London, United Kingdom (March 18)
Make your way to London Town for the St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Undoubtedly the best St Patrick’s Day celebration in the UK, this party starts in Green Park and makes it’s way to Trafalgar Square with a seemingly endless stream of colourful floats, marching bands and themed representations of the different Irish counties. The parade and post-parade festival often brings a crowd over 100,000 jolly folk.
Florence, Italy (March 17 – 21)
It’s a Celtic cultural festa in Florence, as Italy celebrates the day with an ‘All things Irish’ Festa – a festival of parties, concerts, food, drinks and gaming events. Prepare to be dazzled by Celtic music and dance performers for four days straight! During this time, make sure you check out Finnegan’s Irish Pub – one of Florence’s last Irish-owned pubs.
New York, United States (March 17)
Why not march up New York’s famous 5th Avenue to the sound of countless marching bands pumping out hypnotic Celtic music? Starting at 44th street the marching parade heads to 86th streets before marching past St Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue. This parade sees more than 150,000 participants and the whole even is even televised on NBC.
Montreal, Canada (March 18)
Kicking off 12 Noon at Fort and Ste-Catherine Streets, this parade has been celebrated annually since as far back as 1824 by the Irish communities in Canada, and is now an international party that usually ends in Montreal’s wildest and finest Irish bars.
And of course it’s even celebrated in Space!