The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland is a unique event that unites residents and visitors in a carnival atmosphere with music, dancing and parties, and let the world green with envy. Growth in recent years from a holiday than a day to a six-day event, the St Patrick’s Festival brings together people from all over the world to celebrate all things Irish. The centerpiece of the festival is, of course, St Patrick’s Day Parade, an event that has been copied around the world.
The 1.5 miles St Patrick’s Day parade route winds its way from Parnell Square, on the north side of town, along O’Connell Street (main street), and the Spire of Dublin, along the River Liffey and up to Trinity College, before heading down Dame Street and the historic arrival in St Patrick’s Cathedral. On March 17 of each year, crowds of over half a million people line the streets to see these thousands of dancers, bands, musicians and other artists, as well as parade floats of every color. The six-day program of the Festival of St. Patrick’s Day is full of many other events, including street theater, traditional and contemporary Irish music, dance, comedy, film, a treasure hunt, the events in the Irish language, and all types glasses for family fun.