From Dublin and New York to Auckland and Sydney, cities across the world are turning green today because, drum roll please, it’s St Patrick’s Day.
To help travellers connect with their ‘inner Irish’, Cheapflights.com.au has researched some of the best St Patrick’s Day parties.
Dublin, Ireland: As the capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin is the must-visit destination for an authentic celebration. An official public holiday, over a hundred thousand people will take to the streets for a four-day extravaganza including the city’s famous street parade.
Flights to Dublin start from $1,329 with British Airways.
Toyko, Japan: Irish connections in Japan may be unexpected, but the capital is now celebrating the 25th year of hosting the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Asia – expect everything from vibrant costumed revellers and Irish dancers to green Samurai Warriors. The hidden pot of gold in this city is the ‘I Love Ireland’ Festival, providing Irish folk music and serving fish and chips and green beer in Yoyogi Park.
Flights to Tokyo start from $790 with Philippine Airlines.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Like other celebrations, the focal point of festivities in Buenos Aires is the parade through the Plaza San Martin. Visitors to the city will also find a large area of the Retiro district buzzing with a giant green street party, with music, dancing and plenty o’craic for the more than 50,000 party-goers.
Flights to Buenos Aires start from $2,234 with Qatar Airways.
Montréal, Canada: The Irish in Montréal have celebrated St Patrick’s Day for nearly 260 years and have held a parade as the centrepiece of the “Irish Season” festivities for 194 consecutive years. This year is bound to be the bigger than ever as the city celebrates its 375th anniversary.
Flights to Montréal start from $1,385 with Delta Air Lines.
Chicago, USA: This city certainly knows how to celebrate the Patron Saint in true Irish style. The Windy City will turn Gaelic green this month, with the annual and iconic dying of the Chicago River complemented by an evening light show where local landmarks are lit up in green – there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate!
Flights to Chicago start from $1,365 with China Eastern Airlines and United Airlines.
London, UK: Thousands of people will line the streets from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square to celebrate and cheer on the floats for London’s St Paddy’s Day celebrations. If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, there’s also plenty of events across the city from a film festival to walking tours.
Flights to London start from $1,221 with Vietnam Airlines
Auckland, New Zealand: This St. Patrick’s Day Festival first started with a group of passionate Irishmen in 1995, and has grown from its humble beginnings to a week-long extravaganza with a family-friendly Fair Day, sports matches, music and dancing.
Flights start from $441 with China Airlines.
Sydney, Australia: The Irish were amongst some of the first Europeans to settle Down Under, and now we come together each year to celebrate their culture. This year’s festivities will be held on Sunday 19 March, where live music, marching bands, food stalls and local craft sellers will cater for a fun family day out.
Flights start from $100 with Tigerair.