St Patrick’s Day 2019 – What’s on?
It’s that time of the year where the streets are a flood with a sea of green. Crack out your stripy tights, wild wigs and over sized green glasses, St Patricks day is coming.
Stuck on what to do this St Patrick’s weekend? We’ve got you covered, take a road-trip to one of these family friendly events across Northern Ireland.
Belfast is central to most and is famous for it’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The annual carnival parade starts at 12.30pm from Belfast City Hall and finishes at Writers Square.
From 1.30pm – 4pm in Custom House Square, there will be a free open-air concert. Headlining this year’s concert will be an old favourite; The Vengaboys.
Don’t forget to head over to St George's Market, where you can tuck-in to plenty of culinary delights while enjoying live traditional music, Irish dancing and workshops from 10am-4pm.
Giants Causeway – St Patrick’s Day Festival
Check out the Saint Patrick's Day Festival at the Giant’s Causeway, in County Antrim. Situated on the Causeway Coastal Route, a famous drive amongst locals and tourists.
Rumour has it some pesky leprechauns have woken Finn from his slumber with their festivities. You can follow their trail to the stones and be rewarded with gold. There will also be face-painting, balloon modelling, crafts and traditional music.
Derry/Londonderry – Spring Carnival Parade
There aren’t many places that can throw a party like the Walled City. Expect fun in all forms with extravagant costumes, props, floats and face painting. Mystical creatures will snake their way through the Walled City’s streets when the Tir na nOg (Land of Youth) Spring Carnival Parade departs from Bishop Street at 2pm.
A host of characters will be representing young people from fables and fairy tales from faraway lands. As the carnival parade will be a celebration of children and young people, today’s youth and culture will have pride of place, so expect to be delighted by dance moves from everything from ballet to hip hop.
Downhill Demesne – Leprechaun Hunt
Celebrate St Patrick's Day at Downhill Demesne, Leprechaun Hunt and help them find the naughty Leprechauns who have escaped from Downhill and have hidden in and around Hezlett House! Lots of family fun to include treasure hunts, crafts and more, not to mention the perk of the stunning backdrop.
Castle Ward – St Patrick’s Day Weekend
Castle Ward House are hosting a Saint Patrick's Day Weekend, from 17th-19th March. The house reopens from their Winter break on 17th March, and to celebrate the start of the season and St Patrick’s Day, they are having three days of traditional music in the Stableyard.
Down District Council and the Lecale Ramblers have organised a St Patrick’s Day Walk, the route includes a mixture of quiet country roads and green lanes. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Due to livestock this walk is not suitable for dogs.
The Fermanagh and Omagh district host another great St Patrick’s day Parade. Omagh town centre will be full of music, song, dance and of course green. There will be an array of free family entertainment from 1pm – 4pm.
You could also head to the Ulster American Folk Park. Enjoy local traditional music on the quayside and meet an array of costumed characters who will show you traditional crafts and let you taste old-fashioned fayre.
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