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Top 10 Ways How St. Patrick's Day Is Celebrated Around the World

St. Patrick's Day celebrations aren’t just exclusive to Ireland! Did you know there are places around the world with their own way of appreciating Irish heritage and culture? After all, who doesn’t like eating and drinking? St. Patrick's Day is the perfect way to enjoy everything Irish no matter where you are!

Celebrations are big in Dublin, of course. But since St. Patrick's Day is one of the most celebrated and beloved annual festivals worldwide, there are plenty of other cities that have their own way of “going green”. 



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We all know that St. Patrick's Day is big everywhere from Chicago to Sydney. But let’s take a look at a few other places that also celebrate this occasion. There’s no stopping St. Patrick's Day! 

Check out our list below for the most interesting and exciting bars, streets, festivals, and beaches, and travel the world in search of the best St. Patrick’s Day!


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1. Turning The Empire State Building Green, New York City



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St. Patrick’s Day in New York City is a big holiday, especially for the Irish-American community. Even though St. Patrick’s Day isn’t an official holiday, there will still be plenty of festivities in the city. When March 17th comes around, New York lights up in green and launches the celebrations with a parade. It’s a party in every corner of the city!

When night falls, you can see the Empire State Building lit up in green. This is the best time to visit bars and cafes in New York, as many of them will have St. Patrick’s Day specials you don’t want to miss!

2. A Public Holiday on a Wonderful Island, Montserrat



Celebrating St. Patrick's Day as part of their independence
(Photo from St.Patrick's Day Parade in Montserrat’s Facebook page)

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Montserrat is actually the only country other than Ireland that has St. Patrick’s Day listed as a public holiday. The island nation celebrates this day to commemorate its independence from 17th-century colonization. A lot of the island’s inhabitants have Irish ancestry, which is one of the reasons why St. Patrick’s Day is a big part of their history and culture.

The traditional Caribbean entertainment is a ten-day celebration beginning on March 6th and running until the 17th. There are plenty of events lined up, including hikes, games, parties, and activities that introduce you to Montserratian culture.

3. I Love Ireland Festival, Tokyo



Join the parade for a glimpse of creative Irish and Japanese costume combinations
(Photo from J-Life International, Inc.’s Facebook page)

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Tokyo is known for its many cultural festivals, a great experience for foreigners and locals alike. The I Love Ireland Festival has been around since 1992 and has only grown bigger over the years. It began as a way for Irish ex-pats to introduce their culture to Japan and has become one of the largest Irish events in the country.

The festivities take place on St. Patrick's Day Weekend with parades, marching bands, Irish dancers, musicians, dancing, Shamrock face-painting, and more! The event is attended by both Japanese and international audiences who don their own colorful costumes.

4. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Oslo



Look out for the St. Patrick's Day fringe festival and other Irish cultural events
(Photo from Norwegian Irish Society’s Facebook page)

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The 2020 Oslo St. Patrick’s Day Committee is once again holding a St. Patrick’s Day parade and after-parade party/Fleadh in Oslo, Norway. The event is in its 20th year and continues to celebrate Irish culture, dance, and music.

The Norwegian Irish Society calendar highlights the Oslo Saint Patrick’s Day Parade to help the Irish community commemorate the holiday. It is one of the largest gatherings of the Irish community in the entire year and the largest annual parade in Oslo.

5. St. Patrick's Festival, Auckland


Enjoy all things Irish at Auckland’s St. Patrick's Day celebration
(Photo from St Patrick's Festival NZ’s Facebook page)

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Though it may be far away from Ireland, New Zealand celebrates St. Patrick’s Day because of its citizens with Irish heritage. They hold the Hugh Green Group St Patrick’s Festival Parade every year in Auckland on March 14th.

The festivities begin a parade, and when night falls the Auckland Sky Tower is lit up with green! Irish pubs are sure to be open and packed. Expect Irish music in the streets and, of course, plenty of Guinness and drinking games!


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6. St. Paddy's Festivities, Munich



Join the after-parade parties and enjoy Irish music and dancing
(Photo from St. Patrick's Day Munich’s Facebook page)

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The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Munich is actually one of the biggest celebrations in Germany. People flock to the streets to indulge in Guinness, beer-themed parties, and even Gaelic bagpipes. And the Munich festival is not alone — there is also another festival in Berlin in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

The festivities, which begin on March 17th and continue through the night, include live music, dancing, parades, lots of Guinness, and kegs full of beer. Spend your time at Irish themed parties in pubs and bars ready to light up the night in emerald green.

7. It’s Not Just a Day—it’s St. Patrick’s Week, Buenos Aires



Home to the largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in South America
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St. Patrick's Day in Buenos Aires is celebrated in true Irish fashion! Locally called El Dia de San Patricio and organized by the Argentina-Ireland Association and the Irish Embassy, the celebration takes place on March 17th.

The celebration starts off with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, followed by dancing, live music, Irish dance troupes, and rock bands. And entertainment isn’t the only appeal — people also dress in wonderful costumes and creative clothing as bagpipers, fairies, elves, and other revelers. This feast is considered to be one of the largest celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day in the world.

8. It’s a St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, Singapore


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Plenty of music, events, and parades kick off St. Patrick's Day in Singapore
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Like many other cities, Singapore has its own community of ex-pats who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Sponsored by Guinness, the festivities run March 13th through 15th and everyone is welcome to join. The holiday is marked by outdoor bars and lots of live music performances.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade happens on the 17th and is attended by Irish communities across the country. How can you join in? Just wear your best green shirt and hop into the walk with everyone else!

9. Celebrating the Irish Presence in Canadian History, Montréal



Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a costume parade (Photo from Andrew Welch via unsplash.com)

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Canada has nearly 4 million citizens of Irish descent. This is why St. Patrick's Day is observed on March 17th— it’s not just acknowledging the introduction of Christianity in the country, but also celebrating the Irish presence in Canada.

Montréal holds the oldest St. Patrick's Day parade in North America. The first parade took place in 1824 and the tradition continues to this day. Toronto also holds St. Patrick's Day parades, usually on the closest Sunday to March 17th. There are sure to be parties and traditional Irish dishes, as well as Irish drinks like stout and whiskey.


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10. Greening of the Fountain, Savannah



Indulge in traditional Irish ceremonies and family-friendly activities
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One of the most popular times to visit Savannah is when St. Patrick’s Day comes around. They have plenty of St. Patrick’s day activities prepared for everyone to enjoy since they hold the record for the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world! How large is the crowd? Only more than half a million spectators, nothing much!

The celebrations begin on March 13th and 14th, when the streets turn green, live music starts playing, and bars serve your favorite Irish drinks! The annual parade takes place on the 17th, as more than 500,000 people from all over the country and the world get together to celebrate!

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