Where to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day Around the World

15 Mar 2019

It’s nearly that time again – the one day of the year when dressing head-to-toe in green, donning a novelty hat and raising a toast with a pint of Guinness is actively encouraged. Yep, St Patrick’s Day is almost upon us! How will you be celebrating? From the other side of the globe to Dublin itself, here’s how the world will be turning green on Sunday…

Sydney

One of the first places on the globe to ring in St Patrick’s Day, this Australian city boasts one of the world’s biggest parades, which culminates in a festival in the historic precinct of The Rocks. This entire area is transformed into an Irish village and revellers can look forward to live music, storytelling, food and craft stalls.

Chicago

The Windy City doesn’t do things by halves! Perhaps the most famous St Patrick’s Day spectacle of all is the dyeing of the Chicago River. This year, the river will run green from tomorrow, while the parade itself winds through Grant Park towards Buckingham Fountain. You’ll find the best viewing spots at the Chicago Riverwalk and State Street Bridge, but you’ll need to secure your space early. Afterwards, head to one of the many bars across the city serving up pints of green beer. At rooftop bar Raised, you can sip a pint of the good stuff while gazing down at the emerald river below.

Dublin

It goes without saying that Dublin doesn’t hold back on St Patrick’s Day. Get ready for a right good craic in Ireland’s capital – from the annual parade to a 5k run, a funfair and plenty of poets, musicians and storytellers performing across the city. Looking for a low-key way to take it all in? Go for an evening stroll for the chance to see the city’s most famous buildings illuminated in shades of emerald. Revellers looking to paint the town green can head to the Temple Bar area of the city, where celebrations continue long into the night.

New York

Looking for the largest St Patrick’s Day parade in the world? You’ll find it in the Big Apple. The six-hour parade is a seriously big deal here – it’s even shown on national television to millions of viewers! Floats, dancers and bagpipers will make their way along Fifth Avenue, while green beer and Irish coffee will be served up in bars across the city.

Tokyo

If you’re in Japan’s capital city over St Patrick’s Day, you can look forward to the ‘I Love Ireland’ festival, which takes places over two days. Celebrations kick off with an Irish cultural festival, where you can enjoy traditional music and dance, as well as an Irish gourmet booth serving up authentic treats such as stout, stew and steamed oysters. This is followed by – yep, you guessed it! – a parade through the city.

Auckland

New Zealand’s tallest building is impressive enough as it is – so you can imagine how spectacular it looks when illuminated in green! The Sky Tower at SKYCITY Auckland will be glittering in shades of emerald to mark St Patrick’s Day, and there are plenty of activities, food trucks, and of course, pints of Guinness too. Queen Street will also be turning green during the annual parade. Here, floats, traditional Irish dancing and music, and marching bands will be keeping the crowds entertained.

Argentina

With the 5th largest Irish community in the world, Buenos Aires is an obvious choice to host South America’s largest St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Irish pubs will be offering traditional dishes cooked with an Argentine twist, while the streets of the capital will be bursting with Irish dancers, bagpipers, and plenty of people dressed in head-to-toe emerald.

Monserrat, Caribbean

Did you know there’s another Emerald Isle? And it’s located in the Caribbean! With Irish roots dating back to the 17th Century, the tiny island of Monserrat is the only place outside of Ireland where St Patrick’s Day is a national holiday. The people of Monserrat really know how to celebrate – activities including parades and masquerade dancing stretch over a week. And of course, you won’t be stuck for places to quench your thirst, with plenty of bars serving up Guinness and pints of green beer. Now all that’s left to do is digging out your novelty hat…


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Tessa Watkins

Formerly a local news editor and reporter covering court cases and crime stories, I’m obsessed with all things travel. Often found exploring a new city and seeking out the world’s best beaches, there are a plethora of destinations I remain desperate to discover. Tweet me @tess1977