St Patrick's Day parades around the world


St Patrick's Day parades around the world
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How will you be celebrating St Patrick's Day this year? One thing's for sure: Brits are going nuts for it. According to Expedia, there has been a 121 per cent rise in bookings to the Emerald Isle for St Patrick's Day 2014. Dublin, Cork and Galway are proving the places to be.

For a last minute break in Dublin, stay at the three-star Georgian O'Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel for £280 for two nights, departing 15 March.

But wherever you are, there's something going on near you. Here's what's kicking off all over the world this week in honour of all things Irish - don't forget to raise a glass of Guinness!


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St Patrick's Day parades around the world

A total of 20,000 people are expected to be attending this year's Irish Festival in Manchester, which features a range of art, heritage, music, sport and theatre. The organisers say their this is Europe's biggest St Patrick's day Parade outside the Emerald Isle...

Dublin's St Patrick's Festival lasts until 19th March and boasts street theatre, Irish music, dance, street spectacles, comedy, film, a treasure hunt, Irish language events, family fun and, in the words of the organisers, '...of course the best St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world.' 

Northern Ireland's Derry, named UK City of Culture for 2013, has a St Patrick's Day Spring Carnival involving a range of community groups and featuring live music, dancing, storytelling and a child-friendly alcohol-free craft village. Visit derrycity.gov.uk.

Londoners love celebrating the luck of the Irish. The Mayor's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival attracts crowds of more than 100,000 people. For a list of pubs celebrating St Patrick's Day, visit View London

Known for hosting the second largest parade in the world, Savannah Georgia has been hosting two weeks of St. Patrick's Day festivities. Think marching bands and drum corps direct from Ireland. This family-friendly event winds its way through historic downtown Savannah.

Birmingham's St Patrick's Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in Europe. More than 80,000 people attend, and 1000 balloons are unleashed into the skies above Camp Hill. Don't miss the Irish festivities on the busiest night of the year for the city's Irish pubs!

New York City has been home to an annual St Patrick's Day parade since 1762, and this year marks the 250th New York City St Patrick's Day Parade. Expect a sea of smiling green faces along Fifth Avenue, and plenty of craic in the city's many Irish pubs. Rumour has it that the Empire State building goes green for the day, too. Visit nycstpatricksparade.org.

Australia might seem a long way to go to celebrate St Patrick's Day but the people of Sydney like to push the boat out. The St Patrick's Parade starts at is followed by a Family Day in Sydney's Hyde Park, featuring a children's area with bouncy castle, face-painting and storytelling, as well as Irish music, dance, food and drink.

San Francisco's 160th annual St Patrick's Day Parade featured an array of Irish culture in the form form of live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts, food and much more. Around 5000 participants attend - SF becomes one big party.

Montreal's parade is said to be the longest running St Patrick's Day parade in Canada - the city has hosted a parade every year since 1824. The flag of Montreal features a shamrock in the lower right corner to represent the city's considerable Irish population. Visit montrealirishparade.com.

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