A happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin! - Dublin Visitor Centre

A happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin!

Making the most of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin.


On the 17th of March, Irish Communities all over the world come together to celebrate St. Patricks Day however the biggest celebration is naturally reserved for our fair City! Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Festival is too big to be limited to a single day, so you can enjoy four full days of official celebrations at our St. Patrick’s Festival Guide. Check out our top tips on making the most of St. Patricks’ Day in Dublin.



Greening of Trinity College


What to wear

Ireland can have up to 4 Seasons in one day so light rain gear and sun glasses can always come in useful. Streetside volunteers offer face-painting service so this could be a great way of donating to charity and getting into the festival spirit. Dress to impress by wearing some traditional Shamrock in honour of St. Patrick and all of the other ‘Paddy’s Day’ accoutrements. When thinking of St. Patricks Sartorial Style, think Gaelic Mardi Gras and go as wild as you dare!There’s no such thing as too much Green when it comes to St. Patricks Day !


Parade Route

The Parade is the focal point of the St. Patricks Day Festival with thousands of Marching bands, Pageant Groups and revellers keen to embrace the Carnival ambiance. The 2.5 km parade will commence at midday at the Parnell St. and meander down O’Connell St, across College Green and Dame Street before terminating at St. Patricks Cathedral.



Facepainting at the St. Patricks Day Parade


Best Vantage Points to see the Parade

The Streets will be thronged with revellers eager to get a good vantage point so arrive early and claim your spot! Alternatively you can book a Grandstand ticket so you don’t miss out on any of the action and best of all you can avoid queueing. More patient mortals who want to soak up the atmosphere of the parade can take the opportunity to make new friends with the revellers around them. The main thorough-fares will be busy so look at other spots that are not as congested. Top Tip, Close to Dublin Castle, at the juncture of Dame St. & Parliament St., there is a gentle incline which can help smaller people get full view of the parade.


Post Parade Shenanigans!

Following the Parade, Temple Bar will be congested so leave the crowds behind and enjoy Traditional Irish Music at the Cobblestone Pub or visit the Free Craft Fare at the Old Jameson Distillery in trendy Smithfield. Admission to the Guinness Storehouse is free if your name is is Patrick or Patricia (or any derivative) and if you are interested in continuing the party then the Tivoli Theatre on Francis Street is holding the inaugural Paddy Fest.



St. Patricks Festival_Parade






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