St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! This is a great excuse to celebrate Liverpool’s heritage in a memorable way! Despite it being an Irish holiday, St. Patricks Day is loved in Liverpool, after all, around 75% of Scousers have some Irish ancestry! For over 800 years of migration, more Irish have settled in Liverpool than any other city in England. Ireland has influenced this city in so many ways from music, industry, sports and, of course, the Scouse accent! If you want to join in the celebrations, here’s how you can:
Street parade! (Saturday 17 March)
The best way to join the Irish madness is to walk with the parade. From flute and pipe bands to drumming and dance groups, there is going to be a great beat and traditional Celtic sound. Starting just up the road from the school outside the Old Irish Centre, the parade participants will meet from 1pm ready to begin at 2pm! The parade will last an hour and the route will go from Great Orford Street, Hope Street, Upper Duke Street, Chinatown, St George’s Plateau before finishing at Derby Square!
Baltic Market! (Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 March)
Famous and loved in Liverpool’s independent food & drink scene, the Baltic Market (Cains Brewery, Baltic Triangle) will be transformed into an Irish 4-day weekender. Decorated in green, with plenty of Irish Guinness and Whiskey behind the bar as well as the usual amazing food stalls, this is a party you don’t want to miss!
- Thursday: 5pm-9pm (free entry)
- Friday: 12pm-12am (£3 tickets on door)
- Saturday: 11am-12am (£3 tickets on door)
- Sunday: 11am-9pm (free entry)
You aren’t short of choice when deciding which Irish pub to celebrate in – there’s enough to organise an entire pub crawl! Whilst some will be celebrating by hosting live bands, games and activities or DJ’s, they will all be full of people and busy partying the whole weekend through! So why not drop by one (or all!) of the following suggestions:
- McCooley’s, Concert Square
- O’Neills, Hanover Street
- Shenanigans, Tithebarn Street
- Flanagan’s Apple, Matthew Street
Now that you know how to enjoy your St Patrick’s Day celebrations best, all you must do is save some energy and if you want to REALLY get into the Irish spirit, DRESS GREEN!