St. Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s biggest cultural and religious festival, yet the parades and festivities are not limited to Ireland; this famous day is rejoiced worldwide. As a distinguished day for masses of people to gather and celebrate, many places around the world take this opportunity to paint their towns green. At alpharooms.com we love any excuse to dress up, have fun and party!
As an official public holiday in Ireland, it’s no surprise that the Irish capital in is one of the biggest hosts for the national festival which is ranked amongst all of the greatest celebrations in the world. St. Patrick’s Day festival is held from March 17 – 20, so why not take a short break to Dublin and join crowds of people from all cultures, countries and backgrounds showcasing creative energies, enthusiasm and skills shown through eccentric involvement from the crowds.
New York, USA
A destination famous for it’s magical presence, of course, NYC does not lack any charisma when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Featuring costumed dancers, performers, bagpipers and floats; 5th Avenue is the place to be. If you can’t attend this fantastic parade, fear not, you can watch live online.
Not only are Japan hosting their 24th St. Patrick’s Day parade which includes face painting, shamrocks and leprechauns, but there is also The Emerald Ball Tokyo. Prepare for a night of all things Irish, kicking off at 6.30pm on Friday March 18.
On March 17, Munich’s parade begins at 12 o’clock and includes a range of exciting features like the Blessing of the Shamrock, speeches from the guests of honor and an after-parade party. Find more details here.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
With the fun starting at 5.30pm, find Irish dancers, elves and fairies gathering together to honor Ireland, the party starts at the corner of Arroyo and Suipacha streets. Argentina has the fifth largest Irish community in the World outside Ireland, therefore the event welcomes the public to join the celebration and help grow the festival.
Since the 17th Century, Montserrat has been a haven for Irish Catholics who had been persecuted on other Caribbean islands. As the only country outside Ireland where March 17 is a public holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is quite a big deal. The festival is one of Montserrat’s most popular events, combining activities and entertainment from both Irish and African heritage. Expect traditional food and well-known local games, as well as African inspired events like the ‘Freedom Run’ and a masquerade dance, commemorating the abolishment of slave history that was prominent in Montserrat in the 18th Century.
Birmingham, Great Britain
Stretching out for over two miles, Birmingham is home to the third largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world after Dublin and New York. Attracting 80,000 people, Birmingham welcomes and celebrates diversity with cultures from all around the world. Expect dancers from Ireland and the Caribbean as well as dragons from Wales and China; everyone and anyone is welcome to join the fun.