St Patrick’s Day is always a big event in the social calendar, not only in Ireland but across Britain as well. Every 17th March, there are parades, events and festivals to get involved in and to make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve picked out some of the best St Patrick’s Day events taking place in 2016 for you to take a look at.
St Patrick’s Festival, Dublin
Ireland’s biggest St Patrick’s Day events take place in Dublin with the city centre turning into a bustling sea of green. Events over the three day period include a parade, street theatre, walking tour, Irish craft beer and whiskey village, as well as ‘Greening the City’, which takes place at 6pm on 17th March and sees some of Dublin’s most iconic buildings ‘go green’.
Date: 17th– 20th March 2016
More information: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/
Manchester Irish Festival
Manchester Irish Festival is one of the UK’s biggest St Patrick’s Day events, running from 4th– 20th March across Manchester city centre. The St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place this Sunday 13th March but other event highlights include Irish dancing classes, live traditional Irish music, fiddle workshops and the 20th National Irish Studies conference. The festival was established back in 1996 and celebrates Manchester’s Irish community and their talents in arts, music, film and dance.
Date: 4th– 20th March 2016
More information: http://www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk
Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade
The Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade is always a fantastic spectacle. Now in its 113th year, the parade celebrates the diverse nature of the city and the huge amount of talent showcased by local artists and community groups. Highlights this year include Galway Arts Centre, St Patrick’s Brass Band, Salsa Latin Dancers Community Group and Galway Community Circus.
Date: 17th March 2016
Time: Starts at 11am and ends around 1pm
More information: http://www.galwaytourism.ie/event/St-Patricks-Festival-17th-March-2016-n93.html
Leprechaun Hunt at Hezlett House, Coleraine
Hezlett House’s Leprechaun Hunt is the perfect fun-filled event for families with young children this St Patrick’s Day. Leprechauns have escaped from the trees in Downhill forest and hidden themselves around the house- the National Trust needs your family’s help to find them all again! Join in with the hunt and uncover the fascinating story behind Hezlett House at this delightful family event.
Date: 17th March 2016
Time: Open from 10am-4pm
More information: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/downhill-demesne-and-hezlett-house/whats-on/leprechaun-hunt
St Patrick’s Parade, London
If you’re in London this weekend then make sure you head to Trafalgar Square for the annual St Patrick’s Parade. The parade leaves Piccadilly around midday, making its way through the streets to Trafalgar Square where a festival will be taking place. The parade features music, floats, marching bands and dance schools, and if you get a bit peckish, there’s a food market offering Irish beef stew and other Ireland-inspired dishes from acclaimed Irish chefs.
Date: 13th March 2016
Time: 12pm- 6pm
More information: http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/st-patricks-day-parade-and-festival-1
Dingle Fife and Drum Band Early Morning Parade
What better way to start off the festivities than with an early morning music march. This is a long-standing tradition in Dingle, where residents wake up to the sounds of the Dingle Fife and Drum Band marching through the streets every St Patrick’s Day morning. They are followed by hundreds of Dingle residents around the town with a 6.30am pit-stop at a church to provide background music for the mass. The parade finishes around 7.30am with the national anthem.
Date: 17th March 2016
More information: http://www.dingle-region.com/stpat.htm
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