St. Patrick's Day Around the World
How St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in many countries.
Wherever the Irish migrated to, they brought their foods,
traditions and culture with them. And thanks to centuries of
oppression, famines and economic hardship, many millions of Irish
have migrated to other countries. According to U.S. News and World
report, the top ten countries with the most migrants from Ireland
are (in order from most to least):
- South Africa,
- New Zealand,
The celebrations share many things in common:
- Wearing green, and green as a theme color
- Guinness stout
- Irish music
- Traditional Irish foods, like Corned beef and cabbage,
potato soup, beef in Guinness, smoked salmon
Notable Celebrations in Various Countries
Argentineans love a party, and
in many cities, certainly in Buenos Aires, all-night long
street parties are common. People party, dance and drink only
beer throughout the night, until seven or eight in the morning,
Toronto, Montreal and Manitoba
all have large parades. In Manitoba, the Irish Association of
Manitoba runs an annual three day festival of music and culture
based around St Patrick's Day.
Copenhagen has a St.
Patrick's Day 3 Legged
Charity Race sponsored by the Carlsberg brewery and the Irish
pub owners , proceeds are donated to charities.
Florence, Italy has ten days of live music, food
and drink called 'Festa Irlandese'
Since 1996 Munich has a St. Patrick's
Day parade sponsored by the German-Irish Society of Bavaria; a
festival follows with live music and
Tokyo, Japan has a parade on Omote Sando organized by the Irish
Network Japan (INJ)
St. Patrick's Day is not a
popular holiday in Mexico, but the global tradition of school children hitting, punching
or slapping anyone who is not wearing green in their clothes has
Oslo, Norway has a parade through the city
followed by a festival at the Town Hall Square
Since 1992, Moscow holds a St. Patrick's Day
Parade with elaborate floats.
- South Korea
In Seoul a small parade is held in Daehakro (Taehongno), and
goes up the street
- United States
See the facts page and parades page for US-centric activities
- United Kingdom
Birmingham has the UK's largest Saint
Patrick's Day parade. But large Irish populations in London,
Manchester and Coatbridge also have their own celebrations with
parades and festivals.
U.S. News and World report