Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations Around The World

by VioletteRose

Saint Patrick's Day or St. Paddy's Day celebrations are not just in Ireland, but it is a festival celebrated globally and you can see interesting ways of celebrations everywhere.

In most of the places where people celebrate this Irish festival in memory of the famous saint, the day is filled with Saint Patrick's Day parades, parties, music, food etc. The main concept is to keep everything green including food, clothes and other decorations and we all know how much importance green color has on this day. I have found some interesting ways people celebrate this day, maybe you too find them interesting!

In Chicago

Irish Americans form a major ethnic group in Chicago and there you can see one of the best St. Patrick's day celebrations in world. Shamrocks, green colored decorations, parties and green colored food can be seen almost everywhere, especially in major cities on St. Patrick's day. However, Chicago may be the only place where you can see a green colored river on this day, a tradition that started in 1962. The river is colored green using eco friendly vegetable dyes.  I lived in Chicago for almost three years and I have seen the celebrations including the St. Patrick's day parades and how people enjoy this day. It is not just the Irish people there, but the non Irish also celebrate the day by wearing green and organizing parties. However, I have never seen the green river on St. Patrick's Day, I missed it somehow and I regret it now. Here you can see the image of Chicago river during the festival and the picture is from Wikimedia Commons Image.

Chicago River On St. Patrick's Day
Chicago River On St. Patrick's Day
Another image from flickr which shows the celebrations in Chicago
St. Patricks Day, Chicago
St. Patricks Day, Chicago

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In Dublin, Ireland

Celebrations in and around Ireland are watched all over the world every year. In Dublin, Ireland, large scale celebrations are carried out each year with different programs along with the traditional St. Patrick's day parades. Along with the cultural events and parades and other entertainments, they also conduct tours to churches and other historic places. Story telling events are also carried out mostly for children. In March 17, 2013, they had one of the most successful celebrations till date. The students from the Blackrock college and Willow Park Schools in Dublin set a world record by forming the largest human shamrock by arranging themselves in the form of a shamrock clover, you can watch the You Tube video here!


You Tube Video Showing Largest Human Shamrock Formed By Irish Students

In London

In London, you can see great celebrations every year on St. Patrick's Day including parades and other events with displays of art, Irish music and dance. In 2014, the celebrations are supposed to take place in Trafalgar Square and the theme for this year's celebration is 'World Of Dance'.

In New York City, Boston And Other Places

Other places in America that are worth mentioning are New York City and Boston. They have many Irish immigrants and the celebrations take place in large scale. It is in New York City that you can see the largest St. Patrick's day parade in the world with about 150,000 people participating in the parade.

It is in Hot Springs, Arkansas that the shortest St. Patrick's Day parade in world is carried out. The parade goes through the historically important Bridge Street which is 98 feet long.

O'Neill is a small town in Nebraska, but there you can see the world's largest shamrock painted on the pavement in one of the main intersections in the town and this will be on display on St. Patrick's Day which is one of the major  attractions on the day. Much celebrations are carried out around this area. Shamrock fun run is another activity they organize during the celebrations and this is done in other cities like Houston as well.

A Beautiful Children's Book On St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

St. Patrick's Day

In countries like Denmark, Spain and Portugal also, people celebrate the St. Patrick's Day. You can find the celebrations in many Asian countries and also the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand etc. In brief, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated all around the world, although it is in Ireland and the United States that you can find most of the celebrations.

Here is a video where you can see the St. Patrick's Day celebrations from Ireland and also from other places around the world, hope you enjoy it!


A YouTube video that shows interesting St. Patricks day celebrations from around the world

Have you ever seen the green colored river in Chicago on St. Patrick's Day?

Updated: 02/06/2016, VioletteRose
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VioletteRose on 03/14/2014

Thanks Mira :)

Mira on 03/14/2014

Nice page, Violette. Green light on buildings and monuments is a great idea!
People celebrate here in Irish pubs! We have several in downtown Bucharest and there are lots of people every time, having a grand time :)

VioletteRose on 03/13/2014

Thank you so much ologsinquito :)
That's great Jo, Thanks for reading :)

JoHarrington on 03/12/2014

I'm going to go to one this year. I haven't decided where yet, but I'm going. :)

ologsinquito on 03/12/2014

I'm pinning this to my all things Irish board.

VioletteRose on 03/12/2014

Thank you all :) I agree the celebrations and the green river looks great. I couldn't see the green river in Chicago after being there for three St. Patrick's days, maybe I will see it one day

WriterArtist on 03/12/2014

It certainly would be fun to watch St patrick's Day celebrations and of course the green river.

Marie on 03/12/2014

I've never been to a St. Patrick's Day celebration but they really look incredibly fun.

DerdriuMarriner on 03/11/2014

VioletteRose, Although Chicago was a second home for me in childhood because my wonderful aunt lived there, I have never been in the Windy City on St. Patrick's Day so I have yet to see the beautiful Chicago River dyed green.

KathleenDuffy on 03/11/2014

I agree with ologsinquito - love that green river! :)

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