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25th Sep 2019

The Luck Of The Irish: St Patrick’s Day Has Been Named Amongst The Top 50 Festivals In The World

Sarah Finnan

It’s official, the mother of all festivals, St Patrick’s Day has been named one of the 50 best festivals in the world.

Put that in your pint glass and drink it.

A festival, according to Big7 Travel, “is a simple concept of bringing people together to have a good time”. And no one does that better than the Irish.

St Patrick’s Day is really an international day of Irish pride. People all across the globe dig out their greenery and celebrate their Irish heritage, wearing it proudly like a new coat…and why shouldn’t they? We’re bloody great if I do say so myself.

The festival is celebrated all over the world, with crowds of millions turning out for parades in cities like New York, London and Singapore. Rivers are dyed, iconic landmarks are lit up and everyone and their mother pays tribute to their roots.

Almost every Irish town and village commemorates the day in some way so there’s really nowhere better to honour the man himself than on our lovely Emerald Isle.

The list compiled by travel heavyweight Big7 Travel saw festivals ranked on the basis of a number of factors including local traditions, entertainment and obviously the fun factor. Coming in at 34, just behind Glastonbury music festival, St Patrick’s Day made sure the Irish diaspora were well represented.

Top three on the list were Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Snowbombing in Austria and Just For Laughs in Montreal.

Read the full list here. Looks like I’m going to be very busy next year trying to fit them all in.

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