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Celebrating St. Patricks Day in Dublin

There are many fascinating things to do in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day, and many more in the days leading up to the official celebration date. Most activities are free of charge leaving ample resources for cultural events, dining, nightlife, or the famous Dublin Pub Crawl.
 

The Dublin St. Patricks Day Parade

This is a truly international celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Before crowds expected to exceed 500,000 attendees, the massive parade down O’Connell Street in the heart of Dublin attracts participants and audiences from around the world. Broadcast into many major television markets, the event is one of the highlights of the five-day Dublin celebration. The 2014 Festival has developed a history-inspired theme for the parade of 'Past, Present and Future' -The 2014 Festival Parade theme focuses on the past, Irish traditions, and draws on history as its inspiration. It is the first step on a planned three-year creative journey. In 2015, the theme will focus on the Ireland of today the present. In 2016, the theme will shift focus to the future, prospects for Ireland over the next century. 

Guests can purchase grandstand review seats for the parade. Reserved grandstand seating on the parade route is €60.00 or £49.41 per person. Hotel and airfare packages are available for the entire weekend celebration. UK travelers will likely benefit from the favorable buying power of the Pound over the Euro when in Ireland. The recent trend has kept the Euro in the range of £0.82 in terms of the exchange rate.
 

The Dublin Festival

The St. Patricks Day Festival in Dublin is a five-day event of outstanding Irish and international talents, music, dance, food, and entertainment. Many events in the Festival are free and UK travelers can enjoy Dublin’s legendary Pubs, historical landmarks, and remarkable cultural destinations.  The festival includes street carnivals, a spectacular fireworks display, and the famous Dublin Treasure Hunt. There are attractions and activities for all ages, and it is family-friendly. Dublin Hotel and airfare packages are available for the entire event. One provider listed a five-day stay for a family with two children, London to Dublin, in the range of £360 per person for airfare, hotel, and some extras.
 

The Festival Céilí

The music and cultural performance held at the spacious St. Stephen's Green is one of the traditional Dublin Festival events; it will start the weekend of celebration. Dublin invites everyone to take part in the festivities and get moving in this unique outdoor stage event of traditional Irish dance.
 

The Festival Big Day Out

This all-day event takes place on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Set in the Georgian area, this family-oriented outdoor activity features street performances, Irish language events, and youth fun zones. It includes educational workshops and the UNESCO children's reading event. 
 

I Love My City

This is a series of St. Patricks Day exhibits and events featuring Dublin’s rich history and heritage.  The free events include established and emerging artists from a range of artistic endeavors such as music and dance, visual arts and film, history and literature, and theatre. They will perform in many of the city’s historical and cultural locations.
 

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