Whether you're Irish, or just wanting an excuse to go down the pub on a school night, there are plenty of St. Patrick's Day parties kicking off all over the world.
From Dublin to Singapore; raise a glass (of Irish whiskey) to Ireland's patron saint and check out these awesome places to party on March 17th.
1. Dublin, Ireland
No points for guessing that Dublin is one of the premier places to sink a pint in honour of St. Patrick, but it's still one of the best spots. Experience March madness at the St. Patrick’s Festival, a weekend celebration of Irish culture, music and art, including an outdoor exhibition dedicated to the hisotry of the county's famous brands, Guinness. Go for the weekend and stay until your hangover wears off. Paint the town green, along with thousands of Irish people and tourists in silly hats. Don't forget to pack your face paint.
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2. New York, US
Apparently, if you can make it there you can make it anywhere, or so the old Frank Sinatra tune goes. Home to one of the largest Irish expat communities in the world, St. Paddy’s Day in New York is taken pretty seriously. New York has been holding official saint's day celebrations since 1762 and its parade now draws more than a million spectators. It may not be your colour, but you better find your inner Kermit and don something green, as it’s a tradition to pinch anyone not giving a nod to the national shade with their get-up.
Boston claims to have held the first official St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in America in 1737 and the party is still going strong! This year, Irish punk legends Dropkick Murphys are performing at the House of Blues and The Lansdowne Pub is also hosting a whole range of live music events over the weekend up until the 17th. Of course, there's also the traditional South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade which is a great day of family fun and shamrock style shenanigans.
Every year Chicago is transformed in to the Emerald City to celebrate the Irish patron saint's day. The Journeymen Plumbers famously dye the Chicago River bright green and the city's skyscrapers are illuminted in the colour too. The parade which starts on Columbus Drive and head thrugh Grant Park is one of the biggest in the US. See plenty of floats decked in tricolor flags, Irish dancers and marching bands rallying the crowds. Hopefully you won't feel to green the next morning after all that partying.
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5. Buenos Aires
No stranger to a street party, the residents of Buenos Aires certainly know how to have fun, and St. Patrick's Day in the . Argentinian capital is no exception. Join in the carnival and enjoy the music, drinking and even a traditional game of hurling, the ancient Gaelic sport which involves flinging a small ball with a wooden stick really fast from one end of the pitch to the other - it's a kind of cross between baseball, hockey, and lacrosse. Probably best to try your hand beofre you hit the whiskey bottle.
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Montserrat, an idyllic island in the British West Indies, was actually founded by Irish refugees who moved across from neighbouring islands Saint Kitts and Nevis. So, this little patch of paradise is known locally as the ‘Emerald Island of the Caribbean’ and is the only place in the world apart from the Rupublic of Irlend and Canada where St. Pat’s Day is a public holiday. They even stamp an official green shamrock in your passport when you enter the country!
Around 3000 people take part in what is billed as South East Asia’s only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Singapore. Marching bands, bagpipers and Irish dancers are on hand to entertain the crowds. This year is going to be big, as the St. Patrick's Society in the Lion City turns 90, and they've got a special ball at the Shangri-la Hotel lined up to mark the occassion.
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8. Toronto, Canada
Another big hitter, Toronto’s St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at midday and goes on for about two hours. If you're an early riser, why not get your running shoes on and head out for the pre-parade Shamrock and Sneakers 4k Fun Run which starts at 10:30am. It's the perfect way to burn off all the calories you consume at the Grand Marshall's Ball, where revellers feast on industrial quantities of oysters and smoked salmon at the Grand Marshal's Ball.
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9. Padua, Italy
Italo-Irish eyes will be smiling for a full five days at the Festa Irlandese, held in Padua in northern Italy. Attracting over 25,000 people, it is one of the biggest St. Paddy’s Day celebrations in Europe and completely free to attend. With 30,000 square metres of outdoor bars, places to eat and several stage for live acts, it's guaranteed to be one hell of a party!
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10. Munich, Germany
With so many good brews of their own, the German market isn't huge for Guinness, except on St. Paddy's Day when the Bavarians lay off the lager and get stuck into steins of the black stuff at a massive open-air party in Munich. This year they plan to light up the Munich Town Hall in green light and to the parade, organisers ask that you bring "a photo camera and a good mood". Seeing everyone in their special green suits is bound to set you smiling.
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