St. Patricks Day is a cultural festival held on the 17th of March each year 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.
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.
Sydney sets up a “Green Quarter” located at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, which is a free community event with food and drinks, live entertainment, Irish dancers, a children’s parade and family friendly activities. For children, there will be jumping castles, face painting, arts and crafts. BYO alcohol is not permitted, however there are bars on site where you can purchase a drink or two. Parking is located on site for around $25 per day.
To get to the Green Quarter by public transport, take a bus from Central Station.
Traditionally, there has also been a street parade which started at Hyde Park and wound its way up George Street in the Sydney CBD. However, the event has been cancelled in the past so check current listings to see if it will run this year.
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.