Crowds swarmed Dublin’s streets for St. Patrick’s day festivities


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Dublin, the vibrant Irish capital known for its lively St. Patrick’s Day celebration, had a blast commemorating the country’s main national holiday. Thousands gathered to partake in a series of captivating events and parades. Many of the revellers travelled far and wide to participate in what they termed a worldwide “party.” The holiday honours Ireland’s patron saint and has garnered popularity across the globe.

The celebration’s early start

Visitors from around the world began making their way to Dublin in early March, eagerly anticipating the festivities. The city saw a surge of people in green attires, wearing everything from shamrock-patterned sunglasses to Irish jerseys and hats. On the day of the parade, the air grew thick with excitement as people gathered at the barriers, eagerly waiting for the noon start time.

Here’s what attendees had to say about the festivities.

“It’s a big party, we’re here to have fun,” commented Flavie Rougier, who came from France along with companions Mathilde and Joelle.

Meanwhile, Aisling Conroy of Donaghmede shared the view that the chance to have everyone together is vital following the Covid-19 crisis.

Karen, who travelled all the way from California with six friends, characterized St. Patrick’s Day as a “happy party.”

A cultural extravaganza

The Dublin parade showcased a diverse array of performers donning costumes representing sea creatures, ancient Celtic goddesses, Dublin’s iconic street lamps, and even a group of voracious giant gulls. Traditions representing the cultures of Bolivia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Brazil were also integrated into the parade, creating a more vibrant and inclusive celebration.

One imaginative segment focused on what it meant to be “110% Irish.” This featured a group of men in red wigs and connected Aran jumpers. In Belfast, thousands gathered for their own lively parade, with Lord Mayor Ryan Casey leading the carnival procession.

Dancers, drummers, and colourful floats entertained the crowds as they marched through the city centre, even in the face of a light rain shower.

Patrick Kielty, the latest presenter of The Late Late Show and this year’s grand marshal in Dublin’s national parade, emphasized the significance of the occasion by describing Ireland’s national day to be “the greatest party known to humanity.”

I think St Patrick’s Day is so important to people because it gives us all a chance to share in something, it brings a lot of people together. I think sometimes here we maybe take it for granted.

Patrick Kielty

More than just a parade

Beyond the parade, an array of activities catered to all ages – from pub crawls and live music to kid-friendly activities and sports events. For those seeking an alternative way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, options abounded, including speed dating parties, Irish record fairs, and leprechaun hunts.

In recent years, the 5K St. Paddy’s Day Run or Family Fun Run and Walk have become popular choices for sporty individuals who want to take part in the festivities. The parade and run did stand out as the primary attractions of the celebration. However, one of the most captivating moments of the occasion occurred at 6 pm, when the buildings of central Dublin were illuminated in vibrant shades of green for the night.

An experience to remember

St. Patrick’s Day was more than just a day of revelry; it was an opportunity for people to come together, share in a common experience, and celebrate their heritage. Visitors and locals who immersed themselves in the magic of Dublin during St. Patrick’s Day will surely remember, not just the parties or parades, but the connections they made with one another, the laughter that echoed through the streets, and the joy and camaraderie that permeated the atmosphere.

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