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St. Patrick's Festival 2021

Get a taste of Ireland at one of the world's greatest national holidays


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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

St Patrick's national holiday is probably the greatest opportunity to see the best and worst of Ireland in just one weekend. One of the most popular events around the world, it has to be number one in your top Irish must do's. With laughs, unlimited alcohol, food, music, and the widest variety of green-inspired costumes St. Patrick's Festival is a must. The overall highlight of the event comes at dusk, at 6 pm you may watch the most important Dublin buildings get lit up in bright green color for the whole night.

St. Patrick’s Festival Parade (March 17, 2021, virtual)

The National St. Patrick’s Festival Parade is one of the most spectacular and popular events in the country, drawing the biggest crowds. Colorful floats, dance troupes, lots of music, and popular characters fill the streets of Dublin with joy, color, and cheerful cacophony. The best spots to watch the parade include the grandstands at St.Patrick's Cathedral, Parnell Square, Westmorel Street, and Christchurch. For the time of the holiday, the city hosts plenty of other festive events: concerts, exhibitions, and much ​more. The most popular events with tourists are Paddy’s Day Leprechaun Hunt, Irish Record Fairs, and Irish Myths & Legends.

St. Patrick's Festival 5K Race, Family Fun Run & Walk (March 13–21, 2021, virtual)

The 5K St. Paddy's Day Run will take runners through the beautiful Georgian Dublin surrounded by a lively and festive atmosphere and music. The town is full of street performers, face painters, and musicians to cheer and entertain the participants. During four days Irish musicians will show traditional singing and storytelling in the oral folk traditions of Ireland. The program Abair covers street performances, pub sessions, and concerts.

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