St Patrick’s Day is a great celebration of Irish culture for many of the world’s major cities, however, if you’re lucky enough to be in Brisbane for this year’s event, there are many options to fully immerse yourself in the traditional Irish celebration.
St Patricks Day Parade – 10.30am, Saturday 11th March
The St Patricks Day parade has been held in Brisbane annually for the past 28 years. The inner-city of Brisbane comes alive with a huge colourful convoy of more than eighty floats and displays that represent everything about Irish culture.
With last year’s parade attracting nearly 40,000 spectators in Brisbane’s CBD, this year’s parade is shaping up to be even bigger and better. This year’s parade had a new route starting and finishing up outside the Botanic Gardens on Alice Street, with live music and food stalls also being help in the Botanic Gardens before and after the parade.
Annual Festival Family Day – 10.30am to 8.30pm, Sunday 19th March
The Annual Festival Family Day is hosted by the Queensland Gaelic Football & Hurling Association and will be held at Gaelic park, 308 Bowhill Road, Willawong. This great family outing will have children’s rides, novelty races, live Irish music, Irish dancing, QIA pipe band music, Gaelic sports exhibitions and tug-o-war. As well as a licensed bar, BBQ and a kitchen that’s open all day, so there’ll be plenty to eat and drink.
Entry is $10 for adults and children are FREE.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle
Irish dancers and pipers will be performing at Pig ‘n’ Whistle on Friday 17th March. Here’s when you can watch (and maybe join in with) them in Brisbane:
- Riverside: 5pm
- King George Square: 6pm
- West End: 7pm
- Indooroopilly: 8am
As well as special entertainment, the Pig ‘N’ Whistle special Irish menu is back this year at all six venues across Brisbane. Think Kilkenny fish & chips with McDonnel’s curry sauce, Thick creamy Bulmer’s mussels with soda bread and traditional Guinness pie with Guinness & chocolate brownie with cookie dough ice-cream for dessert.
Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub
With a week of Saint Patricks Day Festivities, Mick O’Malley’s is Brisbane’s top Irish pub, so if you’re looking for some traditional Irish charm, entertainment and sport. This is the place to be on St Patricks day. This year Mick O’Malley’s has all the great entertainment of years gone by, Join them on 11th March for Murphy’s Pig’s, The Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band, Tartan Shamrock, Tullamore Tree and much, much more.
QLD Irish Choir Concert
Held at The Brisbane German Club, 416 Vulture Street, East Brisbane, The QLD Irish Choir will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day with the help of Irish Pipe Bands and Irish Dancers. From 2pm to 4pm the choir will be singing many old Irish classics.
The cost is $15 which includes a scrumptious afternoon tea.
Bookings can be made through:-
Jennifer Dunbar on (07) 3399-3129 or Mobile 0447 744 788
For More ideas on how to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day check out the Brisbane Irish Festival website for more events – http://www.brisbaneirishfestival.com