It’s that special day again, when painting yourself green, donning a novelty hat and picking up a pint of Guinness isn’t just acceptable, but positively encouraged. From Dublin to Argentina, here’s how the world will be turning green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day…
Well, he is their national saint, so it goes without saying that Ireland’s capital goes all out for St Paddy. Walking tours, the Irish Beer and Whiskey Festival and a colourful parade fill the streets. And after the official celebrations are over, revellers paint the town green in the lively Temple Bar area.
They don’t do things by halves in Chicago. Not content with a parade, the Windy City takes things a step further – dyeing the Chicago River green. As if that wasn’t enough, 12 buildings will be included in the ‘global greening’ this year, including Macy’s, Old St Patrick’s Church and Trump International Hotel and Tower. So the city really does go green – quite literally.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Confused? We realise this might be a somewhat unexpected place to mark the Irish patron saint, but Buenos Aires has the 5th largest Irish community in the world. More than 50,000 green-clad partygoers take to the streets for carnival-like celebrations, with 10 blocks of the city sealed off from traffic.
New York, USA
Americans take St Patrick’s Day seriously and the Big Apple has been holding celebrations since 1762. Today, its 6 hour-long parade – featuring floats, dancers and bagpipes – draws more than 1 million spectators. A little heads-up, if venturing to the city’s Irish bars – expect some green beer. It’s also tradition to pinch people not wearing green, so crack out your emerald clobber.
Nicknamed the Emerald Island of the Caribbean due to its link to Ireland, the people of Montserrat weren’t going to let the day pass by unnoticed. Traditional games, story-telling and a kite-flying festival are all part of the week-long celebrations. It’s also the only place in the world, aside from Ireland and Canada, where St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday.
Australia is technically the first country to kick off celebrations – due to the time difference. And, Sydney’s got the 4th biggest parade in the world. In the afternoon, everyone gathers in Hyde Park North to sing the Australian and Irish national anthems, before local Irish bands and musicians take to the stage.