Dublin celebrates Ireland's patron saint with a huge parade, street entertainers and marching bands on March 17.
- When? 17th March 2018
- Where? Countrywide - celebrations are rife in Dublin
- Price: Free
If there's one place to be on St Patrick's Day, it's Dublin. The city becomes party central as pubs and bars are packed to the rafters all day and all night. Pass us a Guinness.
While St Patrick's Day is a religious festival celebrating the life of Ireland's patron saint, March 17th is a day where everyone becomes a little Irish. As the years have gone by the day is known less for its piety and more for the alcohol-fueled revelry. Guinness flows freely and everyone gets blind drunk while wearing lots of green.
Every year there's a huge parade with giant puppets, street entertainers and marching bands. The parade tends to start around noon on Parnell Square and finishes just after St Patrick’s Cathedral.
If you're less about the parades and more about the pints (we're with you) head to Temple Bar south of the river. It's a colourful neighbourhood with plenty of buzzing pubs and bars to grab a few drinks in - favourites include Porterhouse and Gogarty's Pub. If you're more about the music, try the Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl. It's exactly what it sounds like, and will give you a different point of view to the usual pint-sinking associated with St Paddy's.
Of course, the best way to celebrate is to get involved. Don some green, have a pint and dance a merry jig to celebrate St Patrick who drove snakes from the Emerald Isle (allegedly).
- Get there: Fly to Dublin then use public transport to get around.
- Stay: Find accommodation in the city centre so you'll not have far to go on that inevitable drunken stumble home.
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