Release Date: 13 Mar 2019

On 17th March each year, Belfast is a sea of green and the streets come alive with people, artists, performers and music for the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.

With plenty of activities ideal for families and friends of all ages, we can assure you that the craic will definitely be 90 – and that no one celebrates quite like Belfast does.

Carnival Parade

Start your day in style with the annual carnival parade, taking off this year from the iconic Belfast City Hall. Complete with extravagant costumes, eye-catching floats and breath-taking performances, the parade snakes its way through the city centre and finishes at Writers Square.

The parade gets underway at 12.30pm and features St. Patrick, Pipe Bands and an array of dancers and artists from across Northern Ireland.

The Vengabus is coming…

…so if you like to party, 90’s super group The Vengaboys will be performing at a FREE open air concert in Custom House Square once the parade finishes at 1.30pm.

Support will include traditional band, The Whistling Donkeys, as well as Irish Dancing group, the Fusion Fighters, meaning there is something for all tastes.

There are no tickets required and access will be based on first come, first served, so get down early!

Celebrate with the saints

St. George’s Market – recently named the Best Large Indoor Market at the Great British Market Awards – will play host to traditional Irish music, with live acts entertaining from 10am. A variety of Irish food and locally crafted fashion and jewellery is also on offer, giving visitors a true taste of Norn‘Iron’.

Féile Trad Trail

The Spring Festival brings authentic music to local bars across Belfast, with the majority of events taking place in West Belfast. The festival  will take place from 10th March, with performances throughout the week, finishing up in spectacular style in the Kennedy Centre, Wolf and Whistle, and the Balmoral Hotel on the 17th

Travel back in time with a Tea Dance

The annual St Patrick’s Day Tea Dances will take place at Ulster Hall from 12pm – 2pm, then 3pm – 5pm. Ideal for those who are young at heart and want to dance the afternoon away, guests will be treated to live music and dancing, finishing the afternoon off with some tea.

This is another free event, with tickets available from the Ulster Hall Box Office.

The Golden Mile

Those looking for a legendary party need look no further than Belfast’s Golden Mile.

Starting in the University Area in Botanic and stretching to the city centre, the Golden Mile is home to countless bars, restaurants and pubs that come alive on St. Patrick’s Day.

Filthy McNasty’s will be hosting a Block Party Weekend, while drink promotions and live music can be found in Lavery’s, The Empire, The Points and Katy Daly’s.

Cheer on the boys in green 

The Ireland rugby team takes on  Wales in the final weekend of the 2019 Six Nations. Catch the game on Saturday 16th March at any number of bars and pubs across Belfast.

As both teams battle it out for the Six Nations crown, the atmosphere is bound to be electric and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that the boys in green can get the St. Patrick’s Day weekend off to a good start with a win!

Beyond Belfast…

If you’re visiting Northern Ireland this weekend but want to spend your St. Patrick’s Day away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, there are plenty of locations around Northern Ireland offering something a bit different.

Castle Ward House reopens for another season on the 17th, with three days of traditional music and celebrations taking place.

Or if you’re the outdoors type, follow the leprechauns’ trail at the Giant’s Causeway to find gold, face painting, balloon modelling and crafts, or take part in a Leprechaun Hunt at Downhill Demesne.

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