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

Updated on December 28, 2020
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Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.


Irish Parades All Over the World

Parades for the March holiday are held in countries around the world, but these particular nations hold celebrations that are particularly interesting:

Russia: For the first time on March 15, 1992 the country 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 organizers and celebrities saw a police escort lead several marching bands, Cossacks and their horses, and 15 corporate floats. It's been a success in Moscow every year thus far, including the increasing numbers of international peoples, bands, and businesses in attendance. The parade ceased to occur in 1998 for a couple of years, but then returned for the entertainment of the people who demanded its return.

South Korea: Apparently North Korea holds only military parades, but Seoul in South Korea loves the traditions of St. Patrick!

South Korean Irish Pubs:

  • Dublin Terrace Restaurant and Bar in Seoul
  • O’Briens Irish Pub in Changwon
  • Maloney's Pub and Grill: 225-67 Itaewon 2-dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul. Very popular!
  • Wolfhound Pub and Restaurant in Seoul

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

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia in 2012
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia in 2012 | Source

A Selection of Irish Parades

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
  • Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade Gathering of the Clans - An Irish Homecoming March 17 at 11am Westport.
  • Moscow, Russia Celebration: On 15 March 1992, thousands of delighted Muscovites lined Novy Arbat to witness the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Russian capital's history!
  • St. Louis - Metropolitan St. Patrick's Day Parade

    The St. Patrick's Day Parade, Run, and Dinner in St. Louis. St. Louis' Rite of Spring. The Parade is one of the Top Five in the country and is watched by over 300,000 spectators. The 5-mile Parade Run attracts over 6,000 runners. The night before par

  • St. Patrick's Day New Orleans: St. Patrick's Day Parade and Events Information for New Orleans at

NYC Irish Pipers on St, Patrick's Day.
NYC Irish Pipers on St, Patrick's Day. | Source

Grand Marching Groups in Ohio


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 that this is what his family called "camping food" when they added a couple of fried eggs into the mix.

Later I found that it is an Irish traditional dish, especially just the apples and potatoes together. Here's the easy recipe, and links to more Irish dishes.

Mashed Potatoes and Apples

Ingredients to serve 3 or 4

  • 1 Pound of your favorite apples, probably 2 large apples. May cooks like tart green apples for this dish.
  • 2 Pounds of white potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 2 Pats of butter

Instructions for microwave or stove top:

  1. This all can be done in a microwave, but for a different flavor:
  2. Peel potatoes and boil in salted water on the stove top until soft.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Additional Irish Recipes

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

Party Ideas and Resources


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.

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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!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Patty Inglish MS


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      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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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      7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      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 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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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      7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      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 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @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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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 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.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

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

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      Ms. Immortal 

      8 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!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 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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