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How to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Style

By HarryFriday 13th March 2015

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With St Patrick’s Day fast approaching, here at Royal Caribbean we’re donning green and getting ready to celebrate. With our great choice of destinations you can spend your time overseas, celebrating with the locals in style. The day commemorates the missionary and patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick, and it’s known across the world as a time of gaiety, when people can unwind and take a break from Lent! Check out our guide on how to take part.

Where to go 

Boston, USA

6945010244_0e2bc524e8_z Known as one of the States’ most Irish cities, around one million people will be flocking to Boston this year to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. It’s a great city with tonnes of character, and locals regard the South Boston Parade as an important tradition, as it’s been running since 1901. Taking place on the 15th March, it’s the second largest parade in the USA, and will feature marching bands, bagpipers, parade floats and a whole host of revellers. There have been record amounts of snow in Boston this winter, but with the help of many volunteers, organisers have managed to clear the roads. Having battled the elements, there’s a lot of positive energy surrounding the parade so it’s sure to be a great event!

Vancouver, Canada

5545323973_43d1bce459_z Many Canadians celebrate this holiday to remember the Irish in Canadian history. Irish travellers arrived in Canada in the 17th century, and approximately four million Canadians are of Irish heritage. In the city of Vancouver, you’ll find Celtic Fest. This festival runs between the 6th and 17th March, and sees the city explode in a celebration of Irish culture. Some events include A Tribute to the Pogues, which will see Vancouver musicians play some of the band’s best songs, a five kilometre run for charity, performances by the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir, Whiskey tastings and theatre performances. Remember to head over to the parade which will run on the 15th from 11am. 5545774964_be0e1ef200_z

Sydney, Australia

6992517595_5abae5d9ce_z When it comes to celebrating, Australians have a reputation for doing it in style. In Sydney, whole streets of bars and restaurants hang green shamrocks in their windows to mark the affair, and crowds of revellers parade the streets. If you’re after a traditional Irish pub, head to The Porterhouse, or Trinity Bar, which is named after Trinity College Dublin and serves a delicious pot pie. The main parade in Sydney will take place on the 15th March, and it’s an established event that’s been going for over 30 years. Start the festivities early and head to George Street at 10:30am, where there will be a range of pre-parade celebrations. The 15th is also Family Day, which is held at 1:00pm in Hyde Park. This event is great for kids, as there’s a children’s area, food and merchandise stands, and a seisiún tent, playing traditional Irish music.

How to take part 

There’s plenty of ways to take part in St Patrick’s Day, so why not rifle through your wardrobe and participate in ‘the wearing of the green’. It is said that St Patrick used a three-leafed clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and due to this and other historic references, both the colour green and the shamrock have become important symbols for St Patrick’s Day. So go ahead, grab some face paints and paint the kids’ faces with little shamrocks, or four-leafed clovers for luck! We’re dedicated to helping you have the perfect holiday, your way. If you’re onboard during St Patrick’s Day, check out our English Pubs to see what celebrations are going on, and meet up with the other guests onboard to enjoy the celebrations together!

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