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St Patrick's Day 2012

For such a small island Ireland really comes into the spotlight worldwide on March 17th as the whole world joins in with the Emerald Isle to celebrate its patron saints day. St Patrick’s Day, or Paddy's Day as it is otherwise known, is annually celebrated in many cities all over the world. St. Patrick’s Day is commonly marked with a parade where art and design comes together with Irish culture, music and folklore. Music troops to extravagant floats are all on show to the large crowds who gather on the streets to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Here are some of Hostels.com favourite St. Patrick’s Day parades and cities worldwide along with some great cheap hostels for you to stay in! So put your St Patrick's Day hat on, grab pint of the black stuff - Guinness and join the St Patricks Day celebrations and parties.


St Patricks Day in Boston

St Patrick's Day 2012Boston has a huge Irish population throughout the city and every year they take their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations very seriously. Boston marks St. Patrick’s Day with an exciting and colourful parade through the streets every March 17th and the crowds turn out in huge numbers to take part and enjoy the day! The celebrations don’t end after the festival however as the many Irish pubs provide live entertainment with traditional bands and big name Irish acts coming over to Boston to take part in the celebrations! Book a Boston hostel as this city really has a lot to offer those looking for some great St Paddy’s Day celebrations and it has lots of great hostels on offer there too.

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St Patricks Day in Dublin

St Patrick's Day 2012Where better to celebrate the Irish patron saints day than in Ireland's capital city of Dublin! Every March 17th the Irish take the day off to celebrate Saint Patrick. Parades of all shapes and sizes take place all over the country with the biggest in Dublin. Crowds from all over Ireland and the world come to Dublin to take part in the St. Paddy’s Day celebrations so book your Dublin hostels now and watch the parade that takes to the streets of Dublin city. There's also the 'St. Patrick's Festival' which runs for four days with music, entertainment and culture. Dublin also has lots to see and do so why not book one of these great cheap hostels and get the true Irish experience while you’re there. Experience St Patrick's Day fun in Dublin. Check out our Dublin city guide for more info.

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St Patricks Day in Vancouver

St Patrick's Day 2012Vancouver’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations go on for a couple of days as they make a festival out celebrating all things Irish. Vancouver marks March 17th with a weekend full of celebrations of Irish culture, music and heritage. However the main highlight of the St. Paddys Day celebrations is the parade that takes a route through the city as many gather around the streets to take part in the parade. 

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St Patrick’s Day in London

St Patrick's Day 2012Every March 17th larger crowds than normal descend on to Piccadilly Square and many city centre streets to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in London. The parade is made up of colourful costumes and floats along with street performers, marching bands and interesting floats. London also has a large Irish population along with many Irish themed pubs so the Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations continue long after the parade is over. London has lots of great hostels on offer so book the best London hostels here.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

St Patrick's Day 2012If you are looking to go green on Saint Patrick’s Day then Chicago really is the best place to go to celebrate the Irish patron saints day! As well as green beer, Chicago marks their celebrations by colouring the river green along with an excellent and colourful parade through Chicago’s downtown streets. Marching bands, large floats and plenty of people lining the streets makes for an eventful Saint Patrick’s Day in Chicago. There are also lots of hostels on offer all over Chicago so take a look at them here.

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