St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrate St. Patrick’s day. I will list out the top 5 destinations of where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A bit of history first. St. Patrick’s Day honors the Patron Saint of Ireland. Patrick was not born in Ireland, however. He was born in Wales, captured as a slave and taken to Ireland. He was enslaved for 6 years, following which he returned to his family in Wales. Therefore, it was as a missionary that he returned to Ireland to spread Christianity.
Besides being a national holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is a holy day of obligation for the Irish Catholics. But that doesn’t stop the partying in the city that started it all. Dublin holds a four-day St. Patrick’s celebration, beginning on March 16th, all the way through on March 19th. Parades, singing, dancing and outdoor performances by bands from the world-over, which undoubtedly rivals Octoberfest in Munich.
The first official St. Patrick’s Day in America was held in Boston in 1737. 275 years after, the party is still going strong, celebrating the significance of the Irish holiday. Over 850,000 people will join in to view a wide range of Irish-American groups marching in the parade. Many will celebrate In the evening, the music plays on at parties and pubs all over the city.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires has the 5th largest Irish community outside of Ireland. Therefore, every year on St. Patrick’s Day, a massive street party is thrown in honor of St. Patrick; which therefore overflows with live music and food. They close off the streets for the festivities and the Irish pubs fill to the brim.
Florence celebrates the patron saint with a ‘Festa Irlandese.’ Seize the moment from March 17th through March 21St. with Celtic music and step dancing performances, all while indulging in Irish food and beer. You can purchase original crafts at the many outdoor stalls, too. All in all, the place to be in the evening is Finnegan’s, which claims to be the only authentic Irish pub in Florence.
Even England celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a parade and festival at Trafalgar Square. Last year’s attendees reached over 100,000; this year’s celebration is expected to be equally popular. The parade showcases colorful floats, pipe and drum bands, as well as other performance groups representing the various Irish communities.
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