There I was in the center of Dublin Ireland for St Patrick’s Day 2015 as I had been for 2014. It was a typical gray, chilly morning, and the streets were beginning to fill with green hair and hats of all shapes and sizes. I had just spent the past two days taking in all Dublin has to offer for city breaks and day trips (more on that soon). Everyone was in an epic mood and couldn’t wait for the parade to begin. I knew from last year that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin is one not to be missed. It is to date the most creative, artistic, and cultural parade event I have personally ever experienced. And it’s right dead smack in the home of St Patrick’s Day.
The St Patrick’s Day 2015 parade was all about the present and full of vibrant pageantry and bands from the USA, Mexico, Germany and Ireland that brought dramatic and whimsical sounds through the air. The parade made its procession through the city of Dublin surrounded by thousands of spectators dressed in green.
Last year’s Festival Parade theme, ‘Let’s Make History’drew on ‘the past’ and was the first of three exciting themes in the creative journey through past, present and future.
2016 will explore ‘the future’, asking the question, ‘who do we aspire to be in the next 100 years’?, completing the three-year theme and narrative of ‘past, present and future’.
-St Patrick’s Day 2015 Festival site
Why I Love the Event Beyond the Parade Line
For me, I knew St Patrick’s Day 2015 would be better than ever before. Being in Dublin for the big event was becoming a tradition for me, and traditions only get better with time. I’ve grown very fond of exploring all that Ireland has to offer adventure, culture and history seekers like me. Of course, we can’t forget the magic.
Last year I explored fairy sites, castles and beautiful landscapes along the Wild Atlantic Way. This year I went back to Glendalough to the place where the very first Irish legends were transcribed from oral tellings. With the festival parade being the big finale to epic adventures across one of the most magical places on earth, why not spend March in Ireland?
Some of Our Favorite Day Trips from Dublin
- The Game of Thrones Tour in Northern Ireland – 1.5-hour drive
- The Wicklow Mountains – 1.5-hour drive
- The Hellfire Club – 35-minute drive
- Newgrange in Co Meath – 40 minutes drive
- Loughcrew in Co Meath – 40 minutes drive
- Trim Castle – 30 minutes drive
- Howth Island – 20 minutes drive
Of course there is much more where that comes from. You can always get the best information on fun things to do near Dublin on the Tourism Ireland website and the St Patrick’s Day Festival site for up to date event info.
St Patrick’s Day 2015 Parade, Dublin
Let’s get to it. You came here for the pictures right. These photos were shot by me on the parade line as a guest of Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland. While they are always very welcoming and provide complete travel expenses, that in no way shapes my opinion of Ireland as being one of my favourite places on earth, and my favourite place to have spend St Patrick’s Day 2015.
The St Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin was yet again a hit. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2016! Till next year!