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St. Patrick's Day has always been celebrated on a large scale in Vancouver. The St. Patrick's Day Parade used to attract 300,000 viewers and 2,000 participants with Irish music, stilt walkers, clowns, dancers, and more. However, in 2017-2018 there was no funding to hold the parade. Therefore the nine-day CelticFest Vancouver has become the major highlight of the holiday.
CelticFest Vancouver (March 12–19, 2021, virtual)
The CelticFest features international and local Celtic musicians, artists, performers, and dancers. It includes concerts, film screenings, whiskey tastings, pub crawls, live music, and street parties that are happening at numerous venues around the city. The main events of the week are the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run (a colorful race in Stanley Park), St. Patrick’s Day at Lonsdale Quay (a celebration that includes Irish dance and fiddling performances), and St. Patrick’s Concert.
In 2017, the Celtic Village was set up at Robson Square and in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s South Plaza at Robson Street and Howe, which has become the center of the celebration of St.Patrick's Day in Vancouver. Since 2004, CelticFest Vancouver has become the favorite annual springtime tradition in the city, drawing about 250,000 people.