Ten things to do on Paddy's Day - apart from the obvious

You may be aware that St Patrick's Day is coming up, so we have a few suggestions for what to do on the day itself.

Paddy's Day isn't just celebrated in Ireland obviously, so we thought we would start in Spain.


Barcelona, to be exact, where for the past four years they have been having a currach race in honour of ourselves.

Clip via toonamy55 on YouTube


If you don't fancy getting wet but still wanna race, you can head over to the Danish capital, Copenhagen, and take part in a three-legged race for charity.

Clip via shamrock Love on YouTube

Ye could also say hello to the Little Mermaid there who's going green for the day.


Any of our Irish compatriots abroad could create a taste of home on the day with an Irish dancing flash mob, just like this lot did in the Netherlands last year.

Clip via Kilkenny OnTap on YouTube

Posh dancing

Sure if dancing's your thing and ye have a bit of cash, then we're sure the Dubai Irish Society would love to see ye at their annual St Patrick's Day ball. A snip at $136 a ticket.

African dancing

You know the way you can find the trad music a bit tiresome after a while? Well, if you are on the wee island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, then you can toddle along to the African Music Festival and Calypso finals to get your dancing feet going again.

Ten things to do on Paddy's Day - apart from the obvious

They've been at it for a few days already, so ye might have a chance.


Our American friends may have the claim to the shortest parade on the day, only 98 feet long.

While that may be in dispute, there is no arguing against the fact that Hot Springs, Arkansas, will have one of the better looking Grand Marshals in Bo Derek.

Ten things to do on Paddy's Day - apart from the obvious

Bo Derek at the Hot Springs Paddy's Day celebrations three years ago. Still looking good.


Our national day is going to be marked in interstellar space too by none other than our space friend Commander Chris Hadfield.

We're looking forward to it too Chris.

More dancing

Back home, if you happen to be in Co Cork for the day, you could take a trip to Clonakilty to join in the festivities and "see one tradition collide with another", as the site says.

What are they talking about? Morris dancing. The Clonakilty Favour Exchange have managed to bring over an authentic Morris dancing team from England for the celebrations in Clon.

So you could see a bit of this.

There will be arms, legs and balls all moving at once. Indeed.


If you are on Achill Island then you could always go on one of the longest parades for the day.

Yup that's right, the wee island off the Mayo coast boasts one of the longest parades anywhere, because you can get up at six in the morning and follow their pipe bands around for about 12 hours.

Of course, there will be breaks for, ahem, refreshments amid the fantastic scenery.


Cat lovers can slink into Bewleys Hotel at Dublin Airport and view some of our feline friends on the catwalk.

The St Cat Tricks show is arranged by celticat.ie to promote the domestic cat. Something we have done ourselves recently.

Ten things to do on Paddy's Day - apart from the obvious

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