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St Patrick's Day Festival and Celebrations 2013

Celebrations from March 15th-18th 2013 taking place all over Dublin City

St Patick's Day Parade will start as from the Top of Parnell Street just beside the Garden of Remembrance and across from the Castle Hotel. The Parade takes place every year on the celebration of Saintt Patrick on March 17th from 12 Noon and a weekend of festivals and celebrations takes place in Dublin from March 15th-18th for fun and the very best in Irish and International talent. Street entertainment, carnivals, traditional Irish Music and more can be had by the thousands of visitors who travel to Dublin for this celebration. This year for the first time ever the parade is taking part of 'The Gathering Ireland' and they are allowing upto 8,000 people from around the world to take part in the People's Parade.

City at Play Funfair - will take place from March 14th to 18th in Merrion Square West from 11.00am daily and March 16th & 17th in Custom House Quay from 10.00am and March 15th to 18th in Wolfe Tone Park from 11.00am . The funfair consists of roller coasters, carousels, ferris wheels and many more family attractions and top-notch carnival rides.

Music & Street Performance - taking place at various locations around Dublin City Centre on March 14th. Viewers can enjoy Irish and international acts and artists perform on the streets of Dublin, including dance performances, pipes and song, the sound of drum, walkabout characters and a 30 minute circle show.

In the Footsteps of St. Patrick Walking Tour - will take place on March 15th from opposite Trinity College from 2.30pm. The walk will be guided and will be led by Pat Liddy, who is an Author and Dublin Historian and should take about 2 hours and 15 minutes. During the tour you will hear of the legend himself, Saint Patrick and how Dublin was around his time. The walk will take you to the 2 great Medieval Cathedrals which is, Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral.

The Sacred Harp will take place in the Library at Trinity College from 7pm on March 15th. Irish Radio Presenter, Film Maker and Photographer Donal Dineen will present the story of the Harp in the Irish History and Culture. Joining Donal is Liam O Maonlai who is one of Ireland best loved musicians and singers and he will perform an illustrated tribute from the Harp, which is Ireland's National Symbol. Visitors can also take time to visit the Book fo Kells, it will be open before and during the event.

Big Day Out will take place on March 16th from 12.00 Noon in Merrion Square. It brings colour, theatrics, Irish Language events, fun zones, music, workshops, open air shows and much more - it is promised to be a street carnival like no other!! 

Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2013 will kick off from 12.00 Noon from Parnell Square (opposite the Castle Hotel) past the Garden of Rememberence and make its way down O Connell Street, through the streets of Dublin until it reaches Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Marching bands, dancers, dance performers, pageants, carnival bands, Irish pipe and drum marches, Irish and international talent, street entertainers and much much more can be seen in the parade every year and the parade is traditionally closed every year by the engine roar of City Motor Bikers.

Greening The City - Throughout the City Dublin Businesses and Venue's will take part in turning the City Green for the St Patrick's Festivities as they turn the lights to green and proudly fly the Irish flag to join in the celebration of Saint Patrick himself on Ireland's National Holiday.

Tip For Our Visitors - Wear some green, a t-shirt, hat, sunglasses, green shoes or scarf and pick yourself up some shamrock, whether you are planning on going to the Parade or joining in the celebrations around Dublin, everyone feels Irish all over the world on Saint Patrick's Day!! :)