St. Patrick’s Day may be a day all about celebrating Ireland, but you will find Paddy’s Day celebrations all around the world and in some of the most unlikely of places.
I’ve put together a list of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the world that includes some of the best known and some of the lesser-known, but still amazing places to go.
A quick update for St. Patrick's Day 2020 and 2021: Unfortunately the celebrations outlined in this blog post have been canceled this year in the interest of public safety in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
I hope everyone stays healthy and safe in the coming weeks and that next year, we can once again, celebrate Saint Patrick and all things Irish, by singing and dancing together all over the globe.
In the meantime, this post will help you discover what these festivities might have been from the safety of your home, and perhaps plan an adventure for the future, when traveling will once again be deemed safe. In the meantime I hope you have fun celebrating Saint Patrick indoors.
Being so close to Ireland it shouldn’t come as any surprise that London hosts a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
The parade passes by some of the most iconic locations in the city including Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. In Trafalgar Square you’ll find the St. Patrick’s Day Festival with some well known Irish acts taking the stage.
Montserrat is one of only two countries in the world where St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday, the other being Ireland of course.
The tiny island nation is nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean both because it resembles Ireland and because many of its citizens claim Irish ancestry.
Today St. Patrick’s Day is a 10-day celebration in Montserrat with a parade, dancers, and a freedom run. Because while the island celebrates Paddy’s Day they’re also celebrating a slave uprising.
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New York City is home to the longest-running St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, though it was the first. (That honor goes to Boston.)
In addition to the most famous Paddy’s Day parade in the world, you’ll find pub crawls galore, live music, and partying until the wee hours of the night. Aside from the parade, this event isn’t hugely child-friendly. In American people celebrate Saint Patrick with style and flair, and many of the traditions we embrace today began in America, and not Ireland.
On March 17th Disneyland Paris celebrates all things Irish with a celebration filled with song and dance. Kids can get their faces painted with green shamrocks and the parades all have Irish themed pre-parades that day.
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The whole night ends with an Irish themed fireworks show. This might just be the most family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the world.
Sydney is home to one of the biggest and longest-running St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the Southern Hemisphere with 80,000 attendees.
This is in part thanks to the large population of Irish immigrants in the city.
They hold the 4th largest parade in the world and all across the city you can find events including live music, open-air markets, and much more.
If you’d like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a bit of Asian flair then you can’t go wrong with a trip to Tokyo, home of the “I Love Ireland Festival,” the largest Paddy’s Day celebration in all of Asia.
The parade features marching bands, Irish dancers, and even Irish Wolfhounds.
After the parade finishes you’ll find Irish pubs across the city opening their doors as drinking and celebrating goes on long into the evening.
Of course, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day. But I’ve put together an entirely different list of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland if that’s something you’d like to consider.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings),
Irish American Mom
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