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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day In St Kilda
Celebrating St Patrick’s Day In St Kilda
Port Phillip
11 Mar 2020

**Update: The St Patrick's Day Festival this Sunday 15 March has been cancelled.**

Can you believe your luck? One of the world’s largest cultural celebrations St Patrick’s Day is upon us! Serving as a tribute to Ireland and Saint Patrick, the annual worldwide celebration on 17 March promises to have equal amounts of green and Guinness. As does the St Patrick’s Festival in St Kilda on Sunday 15 March this year!

We’ve looked at some of the key factors that make St Patrick’s Day such a phenomenon around the world, how St Kilda has become a second home for Irish people and how you can celebrate St Patrick this year. 

What makes St Patrick’s Day so special?

This public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland has global reach, with St Patrick’s Day celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. While it may have originated in Dublin, the festival has had no issue reaching Australian shores, with Sydney’s St Patrick’s Day Parade the second largest in the world.

What began as a feast day to commemorate Ireland’s patron saint, ‘St Paddy’s Day’ has become a much more diverse festival that celebrates all things Irish culture. From green outfits to green drinks, the colour is everywhere.Live bands set the mood with energetic Irish tunes, while traditional dishes such as stews, bacon and cabbage, or bangers and mash, fuel party goers. St Patrick’s Day is also historically a festival of

many a drink, with pints of Magners cider, Guinness and Kilkenny flowing freely during the emerald revelry.

Why is St Kilda such an Irish hotspot?

With almost 30 per cent of Australians believed to have Irish ancestry, it’s no wonder that this cultural festival is so popular on this side of the world too. In fact, there are around 63,000 Irish-born people living in Victoria.

Ireland is the third most common country of birth of St Kilda and Elwood residents – the highest in Victoria. From older migrants to younger Irish folk loving being close to both the bay and the CBD, St Kilda and Elwood continue to see a great Irish representation in their communities.

Where can you celebrate Irish culture?

Whether it’s on St Patrick’s Day or just grabbing a bite to eat one night after work, there are plenty of Irish options in St Kilda.

Jimmy O’Neill’s Whisky and Alehouse offers terrific Irish fare on Acland Street. With pulled pork and black pudding sliders, Irish chicken parmigiana, or a beef and Guinness pie, there’s no shortage of food options.

Over on Fitzroy Street, The Fifth Province balances modern craft beer with traditional Irish options, both in food and beverages. Bangers and mash is an Irish staple here, alongside McDonnell’s chicken curry and a selection of delicious steaks.

How to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in St Kilda

**Update: The St Patrick's Day Festival this Sunday 15 March has been cancelled.**

On Sunday 15 March, just before St Patrick’s Day, St Kilda pulls out all the stops at the St Patrick’s Festival. International Irish band Hermitage Green is headlining this celebration at O’Donnell Gardens and there’ll be plenty of live music, street performers, food, dancing and games.

With a new parade pulsating down Acland Street, there’s Irish entertainment for the entire family. Don’t miss out on this action-packed cultural event, and secure your tickets quickly.

See what else is on offer at St Kilda, or discover what other exciting activities and destinations await you in the City of Port Phillip.