St Patrick's Day in Dublin

Luke McLeod | Last Updated 31 January 2024 | 5 Minute Read

What you need to know about Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin 2024

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin? Well, mark your calendars because in 2024, Dublin is set to host an unforgettable celebration of this amazing bucket list event. 

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated annually on March 17th, not only in Ireland but also around the world. However, there's something magical about experiencing it in Dublin, the birthplace of this beloved holiday. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and legendary festivities, Dublin offers a unique and authentic Saint Patrick's Day experience like no other.

If you're planning to immerse yourself in the true spirit of Saint Patrick's Day, Dublin is undoubtedly the place to be in 2024. From grand parades to traditional music sessions, this article will provide you with everything you need to know about the upcoming celebrations in Dublin, ensuring you have an unforgettable and authentic Irish experience. So, get ready to don your green attire and join the revelry in the heart of the Emerald Isle for a celebration that hasn't stopped since the 17th Century. 

When is St Patrick's Day

In 2024, St. Patrick's Day will fall on Sunday the 17th of March. I've celebrated a lot of Paddy's days, but you are in for a treat when this holiday lands on the  weekend. Our celebration of Irish heritage is spread all over the world, but there is no place like home for this day.  This annual celebration is usually coinciding with Ireland playing their last game in the Six Nations Rugby competition. 

Is St Patricks Day a bank Holiday in Ireland

This celebration of one of Ireland's Patron Saint is also recognised as a public holiday in Ireland. On a Bank Holiday, otherwise known as a national Holiday most businesses including banks, and all schools and colleges will close. 


However as St Patrick's day falls on a Sunday, Monday the 18th of March will be a Bank Holiday. Meaning that after you celebrate and party in the capital city, you can stay relaxed on Monday in the Arthaus Hotel

St. Patrick's Day Dublin Parade

Dublin City Centre has a brilliant tradition of St Patrick's day Parades. Ireland is home to Saint Patrick, although it was not his birth place. As a result, we celebrate his death in the 5th century with a huge celebration of this religious holiday. Dublin hosts Ireland's biggest parade, and every year it gets bigger. 

Dublin's Saint Patrick celebration has grown to become a brilliant trip that many Irish Americans come to Ireland for. Our history of Irish Immigrants leaving to live in countries across the world has brought the story of our patron saint with them. 

Across the world, the celebration extends much more than just the parade. In Chicago, they dye the river green! Back in 2009, the White House even took part in the annual dyeing as their turned the fountains of the garden green.

Our Irish Americans friends often host Paddys Day events with corned beef and other famous Irish Foods in their bars before watching the parades in cities all across the worlds.

St. Patrick's Day 2024 Parade Route

The parade will begin at 12pm on Parnell Street. This will see the concession wiggle and twist through the tight medieval streets of the city centre. The Parade will come to a finish at Kevin Street. However there are tonnes of great spots to catch the action on the way. 

The official route for St. Patrick's Day parade 2024 is as follows. Parnel Street to Parnell Square, along O'Connell Street over the bridge to Westmorland street. At College Green, the parade will turn right onto Dame Street. Following this street to Lord Edward st, then to Nichols St, Patrick Street and finishing on Kevin Street.

If you are staying in the Arthaus Hotel, we would recommend finding a space after breakfast. One of our favourite viewpoints is about a 12 minute walk to O'Connell street where you will be in the centre of the route. 

While you may be in a huge crowd on the bridge, Saint Patrick's Park is a brilliant area to view from. The being at the top of the hill allows a vantage point over the crowd. 

There are accessible viewing points along the route for wheelchair users at O'Connell Street, Westmoreland Street & at St. Patrick's Cathedral. As well as for some of the thousands of visitors with additional needs to the capital city. Applications for these areas can be entered from early february. 

A hidden gem that many people overlook are restaurants or cafes that overlook the street from the second floor! There are plenty of these on O'Connell street and Dame street. Make a reservation for one from 12pm onwards and get a birds eye view from the comfortable seats. 

St. Patrick's Day 2024 Festival Quarter

The historic Collins Barracks hosts the 2024 St Patrick's Festival Quarter. This will be a busy and bustling hub. Hosting activities, concerts, shows and stalls all throughout the weekend. The area is easily accessible by Luas, Bus and train. 

The Day to Night event will take place on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. This will be the 16th & 17th of March. The festival main stage holds a capacity crowd of 3,000 people,with more relaxed and unique spaces dotted around the area. The Food and Craft Village will have stalls offering hand made Irish food and crafts. 

All daytime events will be free of charge, along with the full day and night programme on St. Patrick’s Day. No ticket is required and entry is on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity. Currently there is only one ticketed event. All ages are welcome between 12 noon and 6pm. At 6.30pm the festival area turns into an adults only event. 

You can discover all the events of the St. Patrick's Festival on their website now. 

St Patrick's Day Floats

The Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade consists of floats, street performers, marching bands, sports teams and you may see some celebrities. Every year there is a grand marshall and a guest of honour at the parade, so keep your eyes peeled for some of your favourite friends. 

In 2023, St. Patrick's Day Parade Floats saw some hilarious re-enactments of topical news pieces of the year, along with the classic floats that appear nationwide. 

In the Dublin Parade, you will see an incredible float from the Junk Kouture. Since 2010, Junk Kouture has brought together an inclusive community and engaged more than 100,000 participants in an effort to spread environmental awareness and promote creative expression.


Their national competitions have resulted in 15,000 distinct designs, prevented 40,000kg of waste from ending up in landfills. Each year their float at the colorful street Parade wows the crowd as they pass by with the futuristic designs of the 21st century. 

St. Patrick's Day Clothes

For centuries, Ireland has long been known as the emerald isle. It's no surprise that we honour this tradition by wearing green on Saint Patricks Day. Wheter it's a t-shirt or a three piece suit it's bad luck not to wear green on the luckiest day of the year. 


An ancient tale goes that leprechauns pinch people that they can see. The tale goes on to say that those wearing green become invisible to the leprechauns and as such avoid being pinched! 

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St. Patrick's Day Face paint

Getting your face painted is one of the fun activities for kids in Ireland on the bank holiday weekend. Thousands of people will don shamrocks on the cheeks and maybe a Tricolour on their forehead to celebrate this joyful time in the city centre.


The older Irish people will often wear a lapel pin filled with shamrock instead of face paint, which is usually left to the pub goers and the kids attending the cultural celebrations. 

Book a Dublin hotel for St.Patrick's Day

Celebrate St.Patrick's day in Dublin the right way! Stay in one of Dublin's centrally located hotels, and get an unbeatable deal.

Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in one of the rockstar rooms in the heart of Dublin at the Hard Rock Hotel. Located on a prime part of the parade route, some of the Hard Rock rooms overlook Lord Edward street, offering a unique angle to experience this celebration. The celebrations never stop,the Hard Rock is just off Temple Bar, and next to some brilliant pubs to experience on this big weekend. 

On Townsend Street, the Travelodge plus offers excellent accommodation at an affordable price. Just one street away, the parade will follow the route around Trinity College. Booking your stay at the Travelodge ensures you are not far away from the parade action. It's an excellent location for family stays, and larger groups travelling to Dublin for St. Patrick's Day!

The Wrap Up

Saint Patricks Day is no longer a one day celebration. The St. Patricks Day Parade will always take place on the 17th of March. Now the St. Patricks Festival consists of a series of events over a number of days. 


Each town will have a parade in their own streets, followed by a grandstand finish in their cultural quarter. The biggest parade in Ireland will take place along the streets of Dublin. Experience this six day festival while staying at one of Dublin's finest boutique hotels. 

FAQ - Celebrating St. Patricks Day in Dublin

It's Lá Fhéile Pádraig, pronounced "Law Fay-La Poor-Rick" 

St. Patrick's Day in 2024 will fall on Sunday, March 17th.

Yes, Dublin City Centre has a brilliant tradition of St Patrick's Day Parades.

People all over the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day in their own unique ways. For example, in Chicago, they dye the river green!

Popular traditional Irish foods to eat on St. Patrick's Day include corned beef, colcannon, bacon and cabbage, and Irish stew.

The parade will begin at 12pm on Parnell Street and will finish at Kevin Street. However there are tonnes of great spots to catch the action on the way.

Yes, there are accessible viewing points along the parade route for wheelchair users and for visitors to the city.

There will be a special Dublin Bus St Patricks Day Timetable as well as a Luas St Patricks Day Timetable. Please check their respective websites if you need them. 

About the Author

Meet our passionate and seasoned Travel and Culture Editor, Luke McLeod. With an insatiable wanderlust and an unquenchable thirst for cultural exploration, Luke is your trusted guide to unlocking the soul of Ireland. 

With years of experience in the realms of travel and culture journalism, Luke has made it their mission to hand-pick the most captivating and authentic experiences that the Emerald Isle has to offer. 

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