Here’s Where You Can Celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2017


While St Patrick’s Day originally honors the death of Ireland’s patron saint on March 17, the cultural and religious commemoration has extended worldwide to celebrated all things Irish. From grand parades to emerald-tinted festivities, you’ll soon find that the Irish holiday has become an international event that will play out in the world’s major cities. As we approach the Irish holiday, let’s take a look at some of the best St Paddy’s Day celebrations around the world, from Dublin to Chicago, and other unexpected places like the UAE and Japan.



Uproarious parades, exultant parties and traditional holiday observations create a nationwide sentiment, making St Patrick’s Day in Ireland a special experience. The largest and most extravagant festivities take place in Ireland’s capital and largest city Dublin. Between March 16 to 19 this year, Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Festival has a wide range of events and fun activities, including the famous street parade, open air cinema screenings, musical and cultural performances and a walking tour through Dublin’s most historic and ancient spots, including its two mediaeval cathedrals. Tickets for the walking tour cost €15 (US$15.81) for adults and €13 for students and seniors, and includes entry into St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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With one of the world’s largest expat communities, cities across the United States have long observed St Patrick’s Day with official events in an explosion of green. Chicago takes celebrating St Patrick’s Day to a whole new Irish pride-inducing level. Famous for greening the Chicago River for the holiday (using environmentally friendly vegetable dye, of course), the city’s festive programme includes a downtown parade and other citywide events and activities, such as pub crawls, traditional Celtic performances and even a St Patrick’s cruise along the river (above) complete with festive Irish music and green beer. The cruise costs US$60 and is for patrons aged 21 and above only.


Since Argentina has some half a million Irish expats calling the South American nation home, it’s no surprise that the Buenos Aires St Patrick’s Day festivities are the biggest on the continent. A massive, colorful parade is the focal point of the day’s festivities with a diverse array of other activities to help get the Argentinian capital into the festive Irish spirit. Festivities on Plaza St Martin boast delicious food, beer stands and cultural performances such as Irish music performances and traditional dancers. Of course, the city’s many Irish bars will host their own events, ensuring that the St Paddy’s spirit is taken through the night and into the early hours of the morning.

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Dubai is famed for hosting lavish all-inclusive Friday afternoon brunches throughout the city, with the biggest celebration being planned by Irish pub chain, McGettigan’s. Shake Your Shamrock St Patrick’s Day Weekend will take place at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, set to be the Middle East’s grandest St Patrick’s Day party. Besides McGettigan’s award-winning food and beverages, the celebrations will also include traditional Irish dancers and live music from top Irish bands and musical acts. Tickets for McGettigan’s big bash cost AED150 (US$40) for Regular/Door with a complimentary first pint or AED395 for the barbeque brunch, with unlimited food and drinks from 1pm to 4pm. Tickets for kids under 16 are at AED75, to be accompanied by an adult guardian or parent, with kids under five getting in for free.

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Tokyo will host its 25th annual St Patrick’s Day parade in 2017, with a parade that will be the largest Irish event across the whole of Japan. On March 19, the Tokyo parade, hosted by Irish Network Japan, will see the city decked out in its finest green attire with shamrocks, leprechauns and other traditional Irish symbols. A commemorative Emerald Ball will also take place the night before March 18 to mark the anniversary of the founding of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan. The ticketed event will be held at the Tokyo American Club from 6.30pm onwards, with lively Irish entertainment, Irish music and even a charity raffle with great prizes up for grabs. Regular tickets for the Emerald Ball start at ¥27,000 (US$237) and are sure to provide attendees with a delightful evening celebrating the infectious Irish energy and its influence on the world.

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