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Irish Festivals and St Patricks Day.

by Kodi01 Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Dallas had an awesome parade with over 100,000 people, but I am Irish decent, next year would be great to go to the festival, any recommendations? Would Dublin be the best city or would another city be better?

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    Re: Irish Festivals and St Patricks Day.

    by Donna_in_India Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    New York City, of course! It's the world's biggest and oldest....

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    Re: Irish Festivals and St Patricks Day.

    by johngayton Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I'd avoid Dublin as hotel prices go sky high and the pubs are full of idiots. Boston is supposed to be pretty good.

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    by Beausoleil Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Boston is fabulous . . . come rain or come shine.

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    by tony2phones Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Personally I wouldn't class Dublin as the best in Ireland but I am basing that not on razz but on the traditional community gathering type parade. Galway and Limerick might come in as the best of Irish big parades.

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    Re: Irish Festivals and St Patricks Day.

    by annemariebyrne Online Now Mar 19, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin is the biggest and most spectacular in the country. The community groups from all over the country that produce the displays put months of planning and preparation into their costumes and props and the visiting marching bands put on a great selection of performances to entertain the crowds along the route. Remember that in Dublin it’s not just on the 17th but there is now a St Patrick’s Festival running for a week with a great programme of events for all the family. You don’t have to focus on the pubs and excess drinking that can be associated with St Patrick’s Day. It’s definitely worth seeing the Dublin Parade once, perhaps staying in one of the towns within commuting distance of the city to avoid the expense of city centre hotels or you could try renting an apartment well in advance of the event to secure a booking. There are of course parades in most cities, towns and villages around the country and if you time it right you might get out to see one of them later in the day. That way you will be able to experience the glitz and glam of the Dublin Parade and the local colour of a smaller one in a community setting.
    To have a look at this year’s events you might like to take a look at the following reports:
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