St Patrick’s Festival

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Although St Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, we are right in the middle of the four-day St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.

St Patrick’s Day parade. Image – Visit Dublin

Regardless of what happens this afternoon at the National Stadium in Cardiff, Irish around the world will celebrate St Patrick’s Day tomorrow enjoying themselves whether Ireland won or lost. Earlier this year the festival won Best Festival / Event Experience at theIrish Tourism Industry Awards 2019.

To non-Irish mortals it seems that St Patrick’s Day takes over the world. Rivers and lakes are died green for the day, buildings have green lights and it seems that more and more buildings around the world each year helping to proclaim Ireland and Irishness as a big influence on the world.

The festival however, which is over twenty years old, began as a one day event and now has grown to five. Today alone there will be thirty two different events being held including the greening of the city which begins as darkness falls at around about six pm.

Tomorrow, the big day itself, has the traditional parade which will begin at midday at Parnell Square North and wend through the streets until its eventual conclusion at the junction of Kevin and Wexford streets. Amongst those in the parade will be a theme of climate change devised by two groups, Walk the Plank and No Eyed Theatre. They have support from groups coming not just from Ireland and the UK but Ireland, Brazil, Lithuania, Philippines, Bolivia, Peru, China & India.

After the parade many visitors will finish in Merrion Square where, from two until six, the festival village will have, in the organisers words, “events,  fun adventures and glorious food,  featuring a Gaeltacht area, Céilí Mór,  circus and science shows, children’s readings and discos, live music,  village hall talks, street theatre,  world food stalls and much more.”

But the “village” isn’t only there on the Sunday. You can visit it today as well.

Whilst the rest of the world takes a hand in celebrating St Patrick’s Day, Ireland still is where the celebrations will be the most vibrant. And if you are in Ireland then the festival in Dublin is where you should be.

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