St. Patricks Day Celebrations from around the World!
St. Patrick’s Day, held on the 17th of March each year, is a famous Irish cultural holiday that was originated to commemorate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. In more recent times ‘Paddy’s Day’ has become a huge celebration of all things traditionally Irish from ‘craic agus ceoil (Pronounced “crack agus col”)’ to pints of Guinness, shamrocks and basically anything green!
The Irish diaspora (Irish emigrants and their descendants) includes some 100 million people worldwide so it is no wonder that Patrick’s Day celebrations have taken the world by storm! This year our International Otters take a closer look at the festivities taking place across the globe for Paddy’s Day 2013 …
New York, U.S
New York City will be one of the first to celebrate Paddy’s Day this year with festivities planned for Saturday, March 16. With the largest number of Irish descendants living in the United States it is no surprise that The Big Apple is famous for holding ‘the largest and best’ of the world’s Paddy’s Day celebrations. An annual parade has been held for over 200 years and never fails to amaze. This year will be no different with the parade starting at 11:00 a.m. marching from the steps of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue and finishing up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 86th Street at around 5:00 p.m.
Sydney will be celebrating its ‘Irishness’ this year with the city’s St. Patrick’s Day spectacle to be held on Sunday, March 17. This ‘green’ parade will highlight Ireland of the Past, Convicts and Rebels, Cultural Connections with Australia and finish with the Modern Irish in Sydney, featuring the many young professionals who have emigrated to live and work there in recent years. With an estimated 300,000 Irish now living in Australia ‘the craic will be mighty’ in Sydney this Paddy’s Day!
Disneyland Paris, France
Disneyland Paris will pull out all the stops this year for their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! Disney’s magical theme park will glow with every shade of green. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is a sight not to be missed with all the Disney characters, including Mickey and Minnie, in their finest emerald attire. The Sleeping Beauty Castle will outshine everything to proclaim the enchantment of a wonderful day. This remarkable Patrick’s Day extravaganza will without doubt provide visitors to the park on March 17 with a breathtaking spectacle.
For the first time ever Ireland is inviting up to 8,000 people from all over the world to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin city. Known as The People’s Parade this is a once in a lifetime opportunity where Irish from all over the world will flock to the emerald Isle for a global Paddy’s Day celebration, organised as a major part of ‘The Gathering 2013.’ ‘The Gathering’ is an initiative put together by Fáilte Ireland, the Irish tourism board, to reach out to and invite families, relatives, alumni, affiliates and networks of Irish people from around the world to visit Ireland during 2013 for a special year of celebration.
Street theatre performances, pageantry, music, dance, literature, comedy and family events are just some of the fantastic entertainment that has been organized as part of this gathering in Dublin for St. Patrick’s weekend 2013. The Festival Parade on March 17 is the principal event on the program and promises to mesmerize audiences along the 2.6 km route of Dublin’s fair city.
Whether you’re Irish or not, on St. Patricks Day everyone can don the green and join in on the craic!
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To kickstart your Paddy’s Day celebrations why not send a friend a virtual pint.