Our national celebration has become an international celebration with so many incredible parades and parties in cities all around the world. Here’s a list of some of these colourful celebrations to get you thinking of where you could be spending St. Patrick’s Day this March?
St. Patrick’s Day parade is the oldest and largest in the world, with an estimated two million attending each year. It showcases over 150,000 marchers; including firefighters, military, police groups, bands, social, cultural clubs, county associations and performers who parade down Fifth Avenue for up to five hours; with plenty of celebrations continuing after.
Chicago is famous for hosting one of the most impressive St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world! Each year, the Chicago River is dyed a vibrant shade of emerald green, followed by the parade which features lots of elaborate floats, bands, bagpipers, Irish dancers and much more.
First held in 1992, the Tokyo parade is the largest of several parades around Japan and has evolved into a glorious mix of traditional Japanese stylized dress with Irish costumes.
Cabo Roig, Spain
On the southern Costa Blanca in eastern Spain, this picturesque Spanish outpost plays host to the largest parade in Spain, the fiesta lasts well into the night and spills onto the white sand beaches.
The celebrations get bigger every year, with plenty of events on over the weekend.
The Benelux region of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg hosts one of the finest St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Europe.
The Scottish capital goes all out, with live music, parades and shows throughout the weekend celebrations.
A huge celebration for St. Patrick’s Day is held in the heart of central London, bringing together the best of Irish culture; with a colourful parade and entertainment; that showcases the best of Irish song, dance, music, culture and arts.
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