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Dublin’s best street festivals

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, March 2013

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From riotous pub-crawls to a packed calendar of city festivals, Dublin knows a thing or two about how to throw a party.Vibrant parades, talented buskers and an endless supply of Guinness are on the agenda at the city’s annual street festivals – here’s the lowdown on the best events.

1. St Patrick’s Day 
One of the biggest events of the year, Ireland’s national celebration of its patron saint brings 5 days of festivities to the capital. Street theatre, performances and live music take over the lively Temple Bar District and literature, comedy and film events are held at venues all over the city. The historic People’s and Festival Parade is the main event – a flamboyant march through Dublin that doubles up as a sightseeing tour, passing by the GPO, Trinity CollegeDublin Castle and City Hall. Thousands of revelers join the march, stomping the 2.6km route ahead of a dazzling procession of floats, marching bands and dancing troupes. That’s not all – a funfair, the Irish Craft Beer Festival, a giant Ceilidh (traditional Irish street party) on St Stephen’s Green and the Big Day Out Street Carnival are also held during the 5-day festival.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Dublin Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Dublin.

Photo courtesy of Uggboy via Flickr.

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