St. Patrick’s Day is a world renowned commemoration of the Patron Saint of Ireland, celebrated every year on the 17th of March. People all over the world, not only Irish men and women or Catholics, celebrate this special Irish national holiday, that happens to fall during Lent. U2 frontman Bono once said about St. Patrick’s Day: “The whole thing about Lent – as any Irishman will tell you – is that it stops on St Patrick’s Day”.

People wear green and shamrock, watch parades and end up in a pub to enjoy and share a beer with friends and strangers. On any given day, 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the holiday's go-to brand of beer, are consumed worldwide. But on St. Patrick's Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million. Even though most Catholics commemorate in their quiet home and only share a family dinner, the day has become a festival in all its glory.

Discover the different events that are organised in some of the main cities in the UK!

 

 

Dublin

Being the capital of Ireland, the celebration of St. Patrick is a big deal in Dublin. Every year, this city organises a four-day festival for the occasion. Last year’s Dublin St Patrick’s Day Festival theme was “Let’s Make History”, representing the past, while this year’s theme will explore the “Present”. In 2016, the Festival will be prepared around the “Future”. Attend the Festival Parade, the largest one in the UK, on the 17th of March, and admire the fabulous and creative pageants. Participate in the Festival Treasure Hunt, an original way to visit the city, discover its historical locations and have fun at the same time!

London

Like in Dublin, some events are held in London. A Parade will make its way down Piccadilly at midday on Sunday 15 March, on a 1.5 mile route passing some of London's most iconic Landmarks. Participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar square and learn about Irish culture from 1pm until 6pm. You will find an Irish food market, children’s activities and lots of Irish community organisations. Enjoy Irish music, dance, and songs on the main stage.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh also has its own St. Paddies Festival. Listen to Irish music, songs, engage in topical debates, enjoy Irish dances, or be part of the Pageant. Edinburgh Castle will go green for this special Irish day, a gesture symbol of mutually important relationship between Ireland and Scotland.

Manchester

A parade will also occur in Manchester, starting from the Irish World Heritage Centre, ending in Albert Square and lasting approximately 2 hours. Don’t miss the celebration of St Patrick’s Mass in Gaelic at 9am. A special Irish Festival is organised and will last seventeen days, from the 6th March to the 19th of March. An Irish market will also be installed in Albert Square from March 12 to 15. And to finish the day like in all the other cities on St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll probably end up in a pub, savouring a Guinness.