With Irish kisses and shamrock wishes, let’s take a look to see how St Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world. This beloved tradition from Ireland has certainly stamped its mark on countries everywhere. 

Brussels, Belgium 

With Flemish and French roots, Brussels also dons its Irish hat for St Patrick’s Day. Brussels holds an annual traditional parade, followed by the chance to play Irish sports like Gaelic football and hurling. 

New Orleans, USA 

New Orleans parada
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New Orleans is world-famous for its vibrant parades, and St Patrick’s Day is just another opportunity for the city to celebrate! And did you know that New Orleans has an Irish Channel neighbourhood? As part of its annual street party, a vegetable food fight is held. This symbolises how the humble cabbage replaced potatoes during the potato famine, becoming a historic staple for Ireland.  


For the largest international celebration in Southeast Asia, Singapore’s St Patrick’s Day parade holds the mantle. Despite being halfway across the world from Ireland, Singapore has a strong ex-pat community, so the Singapore River is even dyed green in honour of the Emerald Isle.  

London, England 

Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market in the lead up to St Patrick’s Day
Photo by Matt Alexander

As one of Ireland’s neighbours, there’s no excuse for England not to try their luck. If you’re in London around St Patrick’s Day, a day of fun kicks off with a parade starting from Hyde Park followed by live music performances in Trafalgar Square. To top off the night, head down to the Thames to see the London Eye lit up in a vibrant green.  

Munich, Germany 

Munich, Germany
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While Oktoberfest is Munich’s primary celebration, St Patrick’s Day is not overlooked either. Munich shuts down the major street of Leopoldstrasse for its annual parade. Once you’ve enjoyed watching all the floats and entertainers pass by, make your way to Odeonsplatz. Here, you’ll find a mouth wateringly delicious street food festival filled with international food, live Celtic music and – of course – Guinness.  

If you’re looking to explore the Emerald Isle this year, take a look at our Globus and Cosmos tours through Ireland. 

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