BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY
The St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun is one lucky guy. He finds the pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. With that much gold, he can travel around the world wherever he wants. But if you catch sight of him and keep your eyes locked, he can’t escape you and will be forced to reveal the secret locations of his precious pots of gold.
Everywhere from New York to Egypt celebrates St. Patrick's Day. But revealed here are a few of those treasured locations to celebrate this day commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the culture and heritage of the Irish in general.
If you are looking for a relatively warm place to paint the town green on St Patrick's Day, Sydney does it with a flourish! Sydney has one of the biggest Irish communities outside of Ireland. In fact, the Sydney St. Pat’s family celebrations and march are supported financially by the Irish government.
In Sydney, St. Patrick’s Day is all about a big parade, foot-tapping music, story-telling and, yes, drinking. But there’s plenty of fun to go ‘round whether you imbibe or not.
The stunning centerpiece in Sydney is the Sydney Harbour, so why not plan your celebration to include some time on a Sydney Ferry? There may be no better place to be than sailing or self-driving a boat on Sydney Harbour from Sydney Harbour Escapes.
How about finding a restaurant with an Irish theme twist for March 17th? At P.J. O’Brien’s, enjoy great Irish hospitality in Sydney! They will be proudly flaunting the green this St Patrick’s Day. Doors open at 8am for their Famous St Patrick's Day Breakfast followed by celebrations all day and night long! This much-loved local is getting into true Irish spirit, serving Guinness pot pie with a side of mash. Delicious, to be sure, to be sure. The music is fantastic with plenty of room for a dance.
Head to Prince Alfred Park on March 19th for a St Patrick's Day celebration featuring live entertainment including marching bands and Irish dancers, plus stalls featuring local crafts and traditional Irish goods. The wee ones can get involved in all the fun of the Children's Parade.
No matter your age, do get involved and enjoy St Pat’s Day in Sydney. Happy St Patrick's Day, Sydney!
MONTSERRAT, BRITISH WEST INDIES, CARIBBEAN
Australia not quite warm enough for you? The tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat goes all out with its celebrations. With Irish roots dating back to the 17th century, Montserrat is known as the Emerald Island, befitting a place where St. Patrick’s is a national holiday.
St. Patrick’s Festival is a weeklong celebration highlighting Montserrat’s African and Irish heritage. It culminates on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Highlights of the festival include African and Irish musical performances, a freedom run, and a recreated slave village and feast.
Other festivities include a festival parade, dramatic productions, live bands, torch-lighting ceremonies, flower shows, tea parties, and more. Be sure to save some time for an aerial view of the festivities aboard Emerald Isle Helicopters or a sailboat cruise with the Montserrat Yachting Association.
Or why not go for the unusual – a visit to a bat cave? Accessed via the island’s only white sand beach, this cave houses thousands of Antillean fruit-eating bats.
Another star attraction on the island is the deserted town of Plymouth – the only volcanic-buried town in the Americas. Its ghost town feel is attributed to its eerie quiet - the absence of animals and birds. Most poignant are the belongings left behind: in businesses, typewriters, invoices and stationery; in homes, aging toys, cradles, books, clothing.
With only around 4,000 residents, Montserrat is the place to head for a tropical, non-crowded St Patrick’s Day.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
If it’s a stateside location you are looking for this St. Patrick’s Day, New York City boasts not just one of the oldest, but also one of the largest St Patrick's Day celebrations in the world. Every year since 1762, revelers have lined the streets of Fifth Avenue to watch the momentous parade taking place, often lasting over 5 hours.
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Day - On March 10, The Irish Arts Center in Hell’s Kitchen opens its doors for an Irish extravaganza, filled with authentic music, dances, craft workshops and delicious tea. Learn to play the tin-whistle, get your face painted, experiment with tap-dancing, or simply sit back and watch the artists perform at this celebration of Irish culture.
Ready for a good walking tour after all of the faster-paced excitement? Check out lower-Manhattan’s walking tour, sponsored by Big Onion Tours themed especially for St. Patrick’s Day. Discover NYC's former “Little Ireland” district, testimony to the incredible contribution Irish immigrants made to the development of this city. Little wonder why this day is so popular in New York!
For a walking tour that really lifts the curtain on the Irish mob of Hell’s Kitchen, go back in time with a Saturday-evening tour that takes you through the streets and establishments where infamous Irish gang members once made crime history.
Irish restaurants and pubs shouldn't get overlooked. While on the Lower East Side, stop in a while at The Late Late for a bite of deliciousness. Designed to resemble a typical Irish 1960s residence, this Lower East Side spot whips up dishes hardly seen outside Ireland. Don’t miss the traditional crisp sambo, a sandwich made with the quirky combination of Tayto cheese-and-onion potato chips, addictive Ballymaloe stout relish and cheddar cheese mayo on a chive brioche bun.
There’s no denying that NYC is proud of its Irish heritage!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN IRELAND
When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, Dublin may be the first city that comes to mind. It’s true that as the capital of Ireland, Dublin knows how to throw the biggest and busiest party in the country on St. Patrick’s Day!
Come early and stay late. Celebrations large and small lead up to the famous carnival-style Festival Parade, an exciting and colorful procession complete with marching bands and elaborate floats. Weaving its way through the streets of Dublin’s Temple Bar on March 17th, the parade is a highlight of the day.
Make sure to walk around after dark to see Greening the City, when iconic buildings are lit green in celebration. The festival also includes many family-friendly activities such as a treasure hunt around the city, street theater, a fun fair, and workshops in theater and storytelling for children. Boat races on the River Liffey between rival Irish university students will round out your celebration.
Kilkenny is a beautiful medieval city known for its majestic castle and historic architecture. While it’s significantly smaller than Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day in Kilkenny promises something special.
You might start your exploration with a 30-minute scenic tour through the heart of Kilkenny aboard an adorable little train from KilKenny Road Train Tours. The train leaves every half hour from Kilkenny Castle.
Whether you choose to take your own walking tour or join a guided walking tour to experience Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, it’s a trail well worth exploring. The trail links Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral and is filled with shops, pubs, restaurants, picturesque alleyways and tons of history.
Yet one more tour not to be missed is the spooktacular Kilkenny Ghost Tour. As Kilkenny is a historic, medieval city, there’s really no surprise that it is home to a few wayward spirits and ghosts. Tours take place every night at 8.
Kilkenny is also known for its local artisans and craft shops. Established in 2000, the National Craft Gallery is located in what was once the stable yard of Kilkenny Castle.
Here’s hoping you follow your lucky leprechaun to your “pot of gold” location to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day! Beannachtí na Feile Pádraig – Happy St Patrick’s Day!
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