St Patrick’s Day
I think I have fallen in love. Dublin has stolen my heart. The Irish culture, the St Patrick’s Day atmosphere, everything was just perfect!
St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17 March; a Monday this year. Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. We celebrated St Patrick’s Day wearing green and basking in the welcoming atmosphere, which was just so Irish!
We started the day off by attending the St Patrick’s Day parade held on the main street in Dublin City; O’Connell Street.
There were so many people everywhere and everyone was in high spirits and dressed up in costumes or simply in green and gold and orange and white. A good view of the parade was very difficult to come across and some people were going to drastic measures.
The parade was a great sight to see. There was both funny and entertaining floats, and there was also very talented marching bands making an appearance. I have never witnessed such an incredible celebration and by conversing with many other international travellers during my stay, they all thought the same. A couple I met from the USA even quoted that the festival trumped Mardi Gras which they celebrated back home earlier in March.
My favourite highlights, which I am still questioning are found at 2.00 minutes and at 2.40… ^^^
After the parade we had a lovely lunch nearby and made our way to the Guinness Storehouse, where we celebrated with the festival they had on especially for St Patrick’s Day.
We learnt about the origins and the process behind making Guinness. We also got to taste test the beer and learnt how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.
After our official tour, we made our way to the ‘Guinness Bar’ where we were greeted with live Irish music.
After the professional performance, spectators were called onto the floor. Shristi, Amanda and I all got in the spirit and learnt some of the traditional Irish dances. Fortunately, there is no footage of us attempting to dance. We had a good laugh, especially when we were dragged into participating in the Irish dance version of speed dating. After that day, we were quite satisfied, as we felt we really got to enjoy true Irish culture.
After concluding our trip to the Storehouse, we spent the night at the Merchantile hotel, which is in the Temple Bar district, with a plethora of both Irish and international people. We danced to Spanish as well as modern and even some Irish music.
I will forever remember my incredible journey to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day. I fell in love with the city and I cannot recommend this trip for your bucket list more than by sharing my experience above. If it were even slightly possible, I would attend the festival next year and every year proceeding.