Best St. Patrick's Day Activities - Irish Parades, Recipes, Legends, History, Party Ideas, Clip Art and Coloring Pages


Irish Parades All Over the World

Parades for the holiday are held in countries around the world, but these are particularly interesting --

RUSSIA - For the first time, March 15, 1992 saw crowds of Russians in Moscow enjoying a St. Patrick's Day Parade on the street called Novy Arbat (New Florists Street) A reviewing stand of roganizers and celebrities saw a police escort lead marching bands, Cossacks and their horses, and 15 corporate floats. It's been a success in Moscow eavery year thereafter. including increasing numbers of International people, bands, and businesses. The parade ceased to occur in 1998 for a few years, but then returned for the entertainment of the people (see links below).

SOUTH KOREA - Apparently North Korea holds only military parades, but Seoul, South Korea loves St. Patrick!

  • Korean Irish Pubs: O’Briens Irish Pub in Changwon

DUBAI - Annual St. Patrick’s Day Ball at the Address Hotel, Dubai Marina. March 18, 2013. Visit

Look - An Irish Totem Pole!

Not really a totem pole, this staute is actually located in an ancient place of worship.
Not really a totem pole, this staute is actually located in an ancient place of worship. | Source

County Gallway St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland
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NYC Irish Pipers on St, Patrick's Day.
NYC Irish Pipers on St, Patrick's Day. | Source
  • The Cincinnati Ohio St. Patrick Day's Parade:

Zorro Was Irish, and Other Fun Facts Of History

Did you hear about the historical evidence found that indicates that the famous hero of Old California, Zorro, was Irish?

St. Patrick's Story

Cities of Irish Recipes and Travel

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A markerLondon UK -
London, UK
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B markerLiverpool UK -
Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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The seaport from which ancestors in my family sailed to America in the early 1600s and in the early 1800s.

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Recipes from Ireland and Irish America

I've always enjoyed cooling apples, potatoes and onions together, sometimes with some bacon or sausages, for a one-pot meal. In college, a friend explained thst this is what his family called "camping food" when they added a couple of fried eggs into the mix; but later I found that it is an Irish traditional dish, especially just the apples and potatoes together. Here's the easy recipe, abnd links to more Irish dishes.

Mashed Potatoes and Apples

Ingredients - Serves 3 or 4

  • 1 Pound of your favorite apples - probably 2 large apples
  • 2 Pounds of white potatoes
  • 1 TBPS granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 2 Pats of butter


  • This all can be done in a microwave, but for a different flavor:
  • Peel potatoes and boil in salted water on the stovetop until soft.
  • Wash the apples, then peel and core. Slice them into a second pot and add the sugar and 1/4 cup water. Cook until tender.
  • In a large bowl mash the soft potatoes and apples together with the butter and serve.

Suggestions: I like to add a little pepper to my serving of this dish and it is easy to melt your favorite cheese over the top in the microwave for a variation. Caramelized onions make a good topping as well.


  • Molly Malone's Magic Irish Soups --Ireland offers a variety of soups and chowders to enjoy and St. Patrick's Day is a good say to start.
  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks for St. Patrick's Day -- These are delicious and it's easy to add alcohol if you want it.
  • Irish Culinary Traditions in the Diaspora - Three Recipes -- Irish immigration in the 1800s took the Irish to a number of new countries, although a large portion traveled to America. Even in the USA, the Irish found a land of ethnic neighborhoods where their food was welcomed.
  • Irish and Spice -- These Irish dishes make a menu for an entire meal and are delightfully spicy as well. Each one is better than the next, from spicy beef, bread, and bar cake to a spicy Irish creme brulee.

Irish Atlantic Coast in the southwest.
Irish Atlantic Coast in the southwest. | Source

Sources for Irish ClipArt and Coloring Pages

Fotosearch Irish Pages - Royalty fee, wide price range. Over 5,300 photos and other images connected with Ireland and the Irish. High quality.

Ireland First! The Irish Clipart Archive -- This site is totally packed with free clapart to use by anyone anywhere. At last count, 264 images are displayed for your review and selection. Loading is fast, too.

Ireland Information -- This is a comprehensive and fun site for a vast variety of free clipart, screen savers, research information, Irish baby names, a free newsletter, and dozens of additional features. Everything Irish seems to be here!

Irish Music To Enjoy

Some of the favorite Irish singers and groups for many years are located at this Hub:

  • Irish Songs and Singers to Remember -- Hundreds of Irish singers and song writers have added a depth of artistic expression to history, culture, and music that is hard to describe and impossible to grasp in a single article.

Queen Elizabeth II, UK. HRH the Queen recently visited Ireland.
Queen Elizabeth II, UK. HRH the Queen recently visited Ireland. | Source

Irish Films

  • Top 10 Celtic Films for St. Patrick's Day -- Some Celtic people may or may not be making crop circles in the middle of the night, but Celts and their descendants have surely made outstanding films to enjoy on St. Patrick's Day.

At the Guinness Museum
At the Guinness Museum | Source

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Patty, your hubs are always so colorful and informative. Thee is so much here that is new to me. I had no idea that Zorro might have been Irish. I find it interesting that St. Patrick's Day seems to be celebrated all over the world. Up and absolutely awesome.

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thanks a million times over, KKG! From what I read, I see that more and more countries are celebrating the holiday, probably because it can be so much fun. When I managed restaurants, we always colored the lemonade green that day and did some other hoiday things.

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Cathy Fidelibus 3 years ago from NJ

Great tribute to St. Patrick's day, lot's of fun and interesting information. I especially can't wait to try mashed potatoes and apples, sounds like a great combo.

Voted up!

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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I LOVE the potatoes and apples together. Sometimes I add onions too. And melt cheese on top!

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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

St. Patrick's Day is a day that we will have our cornedbeef and cabbage. Have yet to go to a parade. Nice tribute.

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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@Sandyspider - One great-great grandfather lived in Ireland with his brothers for a while and so did some of the wives and they brought some recipes with them. They make a welcomed change from our usual daily food, for sure. Thanks for the comments!

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gjcody 2 years ago

Great hub Patty ...I will keep this one in mind as my grandchildren are Irish ...well part Irish. But if you saw them you would think they are all Irish. Good things to share with them. Thanks for sharing.

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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

I'm glad you like it! My great-grandfather and his brothers lived in Ireland for a while before coming to America.

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gjcody 2 years ago

We are all so proud of our history self grandparents both came from Italy and I married italian ...but with my daughter marrying Irish ...we take a strong interest in Irish decent. Thanks again for sharing best to you!

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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Thank you very much! - You have a lot of important and interesting heritage and it's good to hear about it.

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