With St Patricks Day just around the corner, we share some of the best ways to celebrate the most important day of the Irish calendar…hold on to your hats!
Ireland is synonymous with Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. People, not just in the Emerald Isle but across the world, flock to their nearest pub to don a green hat, partake in a pint (or several) of Guinness, then attempt to dance a traditional ceili in the streets.
All of the above are, of course, fine ways to spend the day, and indeed, the evening too. However, if you want to celebrate St Paddy’s Day in real style, here are a few of our favourite tips…
Travel To A St Paddy’s Day Hotspot & Soak Up The Atmosphere
St Patrick’s Day is big news across Ireland and indeed, the rest of the UK. In fact, it’s pretty big news over in America and Australia too. However, if you want to have a St Paddy’s Day party like no other, then head to Dublin. Ireland’s capital becomes a sea of green during the day, as proud patriots take to the streets in numerous lively parades, then a riot of merriment in the public houses as the sun sets.
If you can’t make it that far, London also boasts some excellent St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The party starts on the Friday with the ‘Shindig on the Thames’, with HMS President hosting guests for traditional Irish music, DJ’s and dancing. If that doesn’t float your boat then you can join the 800 strong pub crawl through London with the ‘1 Big Night Out Pub Crawl’.
The St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival takes place in the iconic Trafalgar Square on Sunday 16th March, with this year the theme being ‘World of Dance’. The Parade and Festival is accessible to all audiences and aims to transfer the experience of Irish culture to all Londoners and visitors.
And on St Patrick’s Day, you can round it all off with a silent disco on the top of the Shard, where you can have the craic, have a dance and get in the true party spirit all at 1,000 feet high.
Hold A Party Of Your Own!
Can’t make it to those destinations? Then celebrate all things Irish in the comfort of your own home. Get the guests to learn the ancient art of dancing a ceili (which really isn’t as hard as it sounds and is guaranteed to provide amusement), serve some traditional Irish food and buy in plenty of drinks. Then pop The Pogues on the iPod and see who’s the last man (or woman) standing.
Grab Yourself A Drink
If you normally start your day with a coffee, on Paddy’s Day make it an Irish coffee! Just add some Irish whiskey, sugar and top it off with some cream. Guinness is a popular Irish dry stout sold around the world, but the ‘tang’ doesn’t appeal to everyone’s taste buds. If you don’t love Guinness by itself, we recommend adding a dash of black currant to your pint. When your day is ready for a change of pace, it’s time to try the Irish Car Bomb. Fill a shot glass half with Irish whiskey and the other half with Baileys and drop it into a nearly full pint of Guinness, and chug!
So, whatever you end up doing this St Paddy’s Day, be sure to have fun and make it an occasion to remember – you know the team here at Travel Talk will be doing just that!
(Image by Dave Pearce)