St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular annual festivals in the world. While the biggest celebrations happen in Dublin, there are plenty of other St. Patrick’s Day parties. We’ll let you in on some of the worldwide fun for St. Patrick’s Day!
Who is St Patrick?
Saint Patrick is credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland and is the patron saint of the country. He is associated with the color green, which is one of the colors of the Irish flag. His memorial falls on 17th of March and will mark one of the biggest international parties of the year.
Where’s the party?
Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is seen as the center of the world’s celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day. Nowadays, around 750,000 attend the festival each year.
It won’t just be our Dublin students having all the fun! Students from our other schools will also be treated to lots of different activities, as cities from all over the world have developed traditions of their own:
Our students in London will see a parade, comedy shows and concerts and have a paddle along the Thames, all on their doorstep!
Study More Languages students at our Boston schools will be happy to hear that the city has more Irish pubs than any other in the USA!
In Chicago the river is dyed green for a few hours every year.
New York says it has the “biggest and best” St Patrick’s Day parade, which has been going since 1768!
Florence, Italy hosts ‘Festa Irlandese’ which is ten days of live music, food and drink.
The Sydney St Patrick’s Day parade is one of the top five in the world. In 2010, the Sydney Opera House was lit green to mark the 200th anniversary of the celebration.
Auckland hosts the world’s first St. Patrick’s Day party each year. New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure, the Sky Tower at SKYCITY Auckland will go green as part of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Auckland. Leading up to the big day itself, you’ll find plenty of things happening around the city.
Traditionally, leading figures of the Toronto local Irish community are selected to be Grand Marshall. A colourful mix of floats and performers are set to take part in the event, from marching bands to Irish athletics organisations.
Special celebration for our students in Spain. Irish holidaymaker hot spot Cabo Roig hosts Spain’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Spend the morning at one of the town’s white-sand Mediterranean beaches, and then snag a café table along the strip to cheer on the passing marching bands, motorbikes, and Irish dignitaries. A Guinness-fueled fiesta continues under the stars with karaoke, contests, fireworks, flamenco dancers, and more.
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