St Patrick's Day celebrations in the heart of the Republic of Ireland capital are a must if seeking the ultimate traditional experience.
Marching bands and street entertainers are part of vibrant enter during the famous St Patrick's Day Parade, starting at Parnell Square and winding through the city until the final stop at St Patrick's Cathedral. Glowing hues of green colour abound throughout the city streets throughout the national holiday, with key landmarks emitting green neon lights such as the Guinness Store House and The Mansion House.
After the haze of the previous night's celebrations has descended, visitors can walk in the footstep's of the nation's patron saint by embarking on the guided walk led by historian Pat Liddy and showcases the lesser known spots of the capital.
Families looking for the perfect St Patrick's Day celebration will find Cork's St. Patrick’s Festival, running over the national holiday weekend, as an action packed feast of festivity for all ages.
With this year's festival commemorating 100 years since the festival's inception, it promises to be a special event. Food lovers can sample local fare and tasty snacks for the younger ones at the festival market, while an entire programme of live street performers, Irish music and comedy, ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy at this tradionally enthused celebration.
Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena turns an impressive shade of luminous green as a beacon of Munich's impassioned participation of St Patricks Day.
Representing one of the biggest parades of the weekend to be found in Europe, Munich's St Patricks day celebrations kick off over three days prior the Irish holiday. Festival Hall's Kultfabrik plays host to a range of Celtic themed musical spectacles, while the assortment of Irish bars found in the capital of Bavaria are brimming with a jovial and friendly atmosphere which is hard to beat outside of Ireland itself.
Taking place on the main strip at Cabo Roig, Alicante provides an alternative beach bound interpretation of Ireland's national holiday.
If you desire a warmer climate in which to celebration Irish traditions, Alicante's St Patricks Day Parade is the largest of its kind in Costa Blanca. A distinctly green wall of colour sees an enticing atmosphere of the best of Irish culture, including bars and restaurants selling traditional Irish food and drink, alongside street entertainers, magicians and fire-eaters as part of a spectacular early evening parade.
Northern Ireland's capital incorporates a kaleidoscopic wealth of colour in their annual city centre St Patrick's Day carnival and parade.
Leaving at midday within the grounds of City Hall, the parade includes community groups spanning a variety of cultures, walking alongside stree performers, musicians and dancers which culminate at Custom House Square.
Festivities continue with the free concert within the square thereafter, seeing several hours of acts presented by Cool FM’s Breakfast presenters. Acts appealing to all the family include ranging previous X Factor winners, upbeat Irish dance groups and much more.