Skyscanner celebrates today’s launch of www.skyscanner.ie with a list of the top 10 best places to be Irish on March 17th – even if it’s just for the day!
They say that everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day on the 17th March and now so is Skyscanner! To celebrate the launch of Skyscanner.ie, Europe’s leading flight search engine brings you the best of St Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world.
Whether you’re Irish, have an Irish ancestor somewhere in the family, or even just met an Irishman once, now is the time for you to get in touch with your Irish roots and celebrate the festival for Ireland’s most famous saint. (Who may have been Scottish. Or Welsh, but anyway, who cares?) Ah, go on…. you will, you will, you will.
Dublin – If you’re going to do St Patrick’s Day properly, it’s got to be Dublin! The St Patrick’s Festival starts on the 12th March and runs right through until the 17th March. Go for the weekend and stay til Tuesday. Paint the town green, along with thousands of Irish people and visitors. There will be parades, music, street theatre, comedy, singing and dancing and the Guinness will undoubtedly flow in quantities to rival the Liffey itself. Find cheap flights to Dublin
New York – Outside of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day is probably taken most seriously in the USA. New York City has been holding official St Patrick’s Day celebrations since 1762 and the parade now draws more than a million spectators every year. It may not be easy being green but traditionally those who don’t wear green are pinched so unless that’s your thing it’s time to get in touch with your inner Kermit… Find cheap flights to New York
Boston – Boston claims to have held the first official St Patrick’s Day celebrations in America in 1737. Nearly 300 years later, the party is still going strong. As well as the parade there are bands, parties and comedians all over the city. Find cheap flights to Boston
Chicago – You can’t say that they don’t take St Patrick’s Day seriously in Chicago. Every year the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers dye the Chicago River a bright emerald green as part of their St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Find cheap flights to Chicago
Buenos Aires – Nobody does a carnival better than the South Americans and on St Patrick’s Day there is a massive street party in BA with streets closed off for the festivities, including music, drinking and even hurling – hopefully not after drinking too much Guinness… Find cheap flights to Buenos Aires
Montserrat – The tiny island of Montserrat, known as "Emerald Island of the Caribbean" due to its foundation by Irish refugees from Saint Kitts and Nevis, is the only place in the world apart from the Republic of Ireland and the Canada where St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday. Find cheap flights to Montserrat
Singapore – Around 3000 marchers are expected to take part in what is billed as South East Asia’s only St Patrick’s Day Parade in Singapore. The parade, which winds its way from the Raffles Statue and across the Singapore River, includes marching bands, 80+ bagpipers, Asian cultural performers and Irish dancers. Find cheap flights to Singapore
Toronto – In Canada, Saint Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest in North America. Since it began in 1988, the parade has grown to include 100 organizations, 32 Irish county associations, 2,000 marchers, 30 floats, 14 bands as well as an assortment of wolfhounds and, they claim, leprechauns and talking shamrocks. Skyscanner cannot be held responsible for any offence caused by what the shamrocks actually say… Find cheap flights to Canada
Florence – Around St. Patrick’s Day, the city hosts ‘Festa Irlandese’ – ten days of live music, food and drink which takes place in a huge tent. The event attracts thousands of visitors who avidly consume the Italian interpretation of Irish food and drink, including potato soup, beef in Guinness, smoked salmon and gallons of stout. Find cheap flights to Florence
Munich – Munich is the only German city holding a St. Patrick’s Day parade owing to the considerably large Irish community. The parade is organized by the German-Irish Society of Bavaria and is the largest in continental Europe, followed by an open air party with live music and dance performances. Find cheap flights to Munich