Your Guide to the St Patrick’s Party
On St Patrick’s Day the world turns green in celebration of all things Irish, and we can barely contain ourselves. March 17th is fast approaching, so we’ve put together this guide for you to experience every aspect of the festivities (and to see just how green you can go this year)!
There are plenty of ways to celebrate the big day, whether you’ll be joining us at one of the St Patrick’s festivals in Ireland or throwing your own St Patrick’s Day party with our special green recipes. We’ve even got parade footage from years gone by, live trad music sessions and some background on the big man himself, St Patrick to add to the build-up for the big green day.
If you plan to witness all the celebrations for yourself, grab the official St Patrick’s Festival App for navigating the packed schedule of fireworks, parades, céilí, gigs and special events.
We’ll be blogging live from the parade in Dublin on the big day. Tune in right here for gossip of the greenest kind, from parade to parties, or follow our account of the festivities on Twitter.
Your St Patrick’s Party
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Ireland this year, our blog has the recipe for a St Patrick’s Day party in your own home. Boost the buzz of St Patrick with these party food recipes, special green milkshakes and cocktails and even a lovely guide on how to make the perfect Irish coffee!
The Parade Marches On
Nothing will rekindle your passion for all things Ireland than to see how we celebrate things at home. Compare our video of last year’s massive Dublin parade with old newsreel footage from St Patrick’s Day celebrations 60 years before. Maybe you’ll even spot some distant relatives in the pictures!
St Patrick’s Festivals
Entire week-long festivals erupt for St Patrick’s Day in Ireland – so we’ve put together this guide for navigating each city’s celebrations. There’s also an official St Patrick’s Festival App with the 2012 festival event details, interactive map and twitter feed. Don’t forget our listings page has every parade, party, concert and event that’s on around the big day. Can’t say we’re not organised!
Listen with Live Trad
A party like St Patrick’s Day doesn’t pass without a good music session, and we’re happy to let you listen in. LiveTrad streams traditional music gigs and past sessions for the perfect soundtrack to your party. There’s a funky live comment stream, too, so you can chat and share the craic with people from Ireland and all over the world. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be doing your best Riverdance impressions in your own sitting room.
The Worldwide Party
The celebrations aren’t confined to our island’s lovely shores, as the whole world joins the St Patrick’s Day party. North America’s huge parades are no surprise when you consider it was there that the first St Patrick’s Parade actually took place.