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St Patricks Day

St Patricks Day Festival

The St. Patricks Day Festival is a cultural festival held in March 2022, which celebrates Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland.

In Sydney, St Patricks Day is often celebrated by getting together with friends in a pub and enjoying a few drinks.

St Patricks Day Festival 2023 Dates, Events, History, CBD & The Rocks Pubs, NSW

Historically, St Patricks Day was observed by the Catholic Church to mark the date of Saint Patrick’s death and many Catholics attend church on this date. Australian’s don’t typically relate this day to religion, but rather celebrate with a parade, market stalls and heaps of fun activities.

Kicking off at 11am with a traditional smoking ceremony, festival-goers can enjoy some toe-tapping live music from some of Sydney’s best-known Irish acts, world-class Irish dance performances, taste some of the best Irish food Sydney has to offer and feel a little closer to home on our National Day all while overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Due to current restrictions, the organisers are unable to hold a parade and the area in First Fleet Park is over 18 only and restricted on a first-come basis. A Covid safe queuing system will be in operation.

There will be a huge range of activities for the whole family to enjoy along the MCA Lawn and further along the Quay at Bligh & Barney Reserve. Clann, Cultur agus Damhsa is the order of the day at MCA with a pop-up Gaeltacht, art & craft tent and Irish dance displays throughout the day. There’ll be giant Irish hats, Irish harps and green post boxes scattered around the lawn making for the perfect photo opportunity. The Shamrock Wall will also be on display so be sure to check it out and find your name!

The Bligh & Barney Reserve will host GAA demonstrations throughout the day with some mini hurls on offer for your GAA fans. The whole area will be home to the very best of Irish food, craft and gift stalls.

If you just want to settle down and enjoy a few drinks, the pubs and clubs will be bustling with activity all day. Make sure to secure a seat early, as most people arrive and stay the whole day! So gather up your friends for some fun and frivolity by joining on the St Patricks Day celebrations in and around Sydney.

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