what it’s like to be in dublin on st. patrick’s day

Breakfast at Wynn's (6)

Real shamrocks at our hotel (Wynn) on St. Paddy’s Day!

Full Irish breakfast on St. Paddy's Day - yes, this includes blood sausage

Full Irish breakfast on St. Paddy’s Day – yes, this includes blood sausage

It’s not as crazy as you would think it might be. You see, Americans manage to turn every holiday into a drinking event. St. Paddy’s Day? DRINK! Halloween? DRINK! Groundhog Day? DRINK! But over in Ireland, it’s less of a drunkfest and more of an actual religious holiday. You do see [drunk] people drinking openly on the streets, but chances are – they’re tourists. I’m sure locals want no part of this and probably even try to avoid the St. Paddy’s Day parade. (Just like New Yorkers avoid Times Square at any given hour of the the day – like it’s the plague)

But since I actually was a tourist, I can say that I willingly went to the parade and it was pretty cool! (and for the record, no, I was not one of those drunk tourists)

The parade starts at noon (though you will for sure need to be there earlier if you want a good view of all the action). It starts at Parnell Square. You can check out the parade route here. I’m not sure if it changes each year but I would think it’s the same route. So if your main reason for being in Dublin is the the St. Paddy’s Day parade, you can look for a hotel along that route because a lot of them have balconies. This way, you’ll get a bird’s eye view, avoid the crowd, and even get to sleep in for a bit!

Had to get a shot of that American flag at the St. Paddy's Day Parade!

Had to get a shot of that American flag at the St. Paddy’s Day Parade!

Bagpipe players

Bagpipe players

Because what St. Paddy's be without some giant sweaters....wait, what?

Because what St. Paddy’s be without some giant sweaters….wait, what?

...and some giant jerseys and Aloha shirts?

…and some giant jerseys and Aloha shirts?

We only stayed for about half an hour because we still wanted to explore other parts of the city, and we were on a tight schedule.

St. Patrick's Cathedral (33)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral – 5 Euros to go inside

St. Patrick's Cathedral entrance

St. Patrick’s Cathedral entrance

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

One colorful castle (and a guy ruining my shot)

One colorful castle (and a guy ruining my shot)

Castle grounds

Castle grounds

Ci

City Hall

Night 2 001

Overlooking the River Liffey

Looking out at the River Liffey

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