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St Patrick's Day

Get your felt leprechaun hats at the ready, and leap straight into the worlds best St Patricks Day celebrations. From the historic hearts of Irish cities to the streets of the USA, theres a plethora of emerald-themed fiestas to be had this March.

Dublin

A carnival atmosphere erupts on the streets of Dublin come March 17th, with more emerald jerseys, giant hats and shamrock-shaped glasses than you can shake a green, white and gold stick at. The citys famous St Patricks Day Parade revels in a raucous mix of colourful puppets, marching bands and dazzling street entertainers that kicks off at noon on Parnell Square and culminates near the soaring spire of St Patricks Cathedral.

Cork

Family-friendly and bursting with fun, Corks St Patricks Day celebrations have something for all. Tuck into tasty snacks at the festivals popular market, be wowed by eccentric street and circus performances and treat your ears to a host of live music. The parade itself kicks off on March 17th at South Mall and finishes at Merchants Quay. Pavement-side fun runs until Sunday March 20th, and venues around town promise a special programme of film screenings, exhibitions and concerts.

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Belfast

Dive headfirst into the annual shenanigans that entertain central Belfast on St Patricks day. Leaving City Hall at midday, the suitably jovial parade makes its way down through Donegall Square North, snaking through Donegall Place, Royal Avenue, Donegall Street, then Bridge Street, left onto High Street, and ending in the grand environs of Custom House Square with a free concerts showcasing local musicians and dancers.

Munich

Putting on one of - if not the - biggest St Patricks parade in Europe, Munich celebrates the Irish saints big day in characteristic full-throttle style. With a kaleidoscope of floats, exuberant performers and bags of traditional music and dance, this is the full on affair youd expect from the home of the worlds most famous beer festival. This Guinness-fuelled shindig will keep you partying until your hearts content. 

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Alicante

While the summer months see the sands of the Costa Blanca liberally carpeted with bikinis, March in Alicantes Cabo Roig welcomes Irish flags fluttering in springs fresh coastal climbs. The areas St Patricks Day parade is a popular beachside jaunt that draws crowds young and old in celebration of Irish heritage. Bars and restaurants serve Irish fare, and the air jigs with patriotic tunes.

Boston

Up to a million people flock to Bostons St Patricks Day celebrations - the nations longest-running public parade. Nearly a quarter of the citys residents claim Irish roots, making this a real community affair, and this is the USAs second largest Irish knees up after New York. This years parade is on March 20th and kicks off at The Broadway Station at 1pm.

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New York

The oldest and largest St Patricks Day Parade in the world, New Yorks Irish celebration is a lively affair to say the least. Since the citys inaugural parade on March 17, 1762, it has grown into a vast extravaganza with around 150,000 participants and 2 million spectators. The parade route goes up Fifth Avenue, beginning at East 44th Street and ending at East 79th Street. 

Italy

Italy doesnt miss out on championing Irish heritage either. Several Italian cities hold Irish parties and festivals close to or on the day. In capital Rome, the citys sizeable number of Irish expats take to the Irish pubs, such as the wood-panelled Abbey Theatre Irish Pub, and Finnegan's Irish Pub to enjoy live music, Irish dishes, and of course many pints of the dark stuff. Similarly in Florence, Celtic music, dance and festivities take place around the historic city.

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