St. Patrick’s Day happens every March 17. Parades are usually held on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day (unless the holiday falls on Saturday, of course). Find a summary of the festivities around the Puget Sound region below, followed by a calendar list of St. Patrick’s Day events for the current year.
Most annual celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day are cancelled for 2021 including parades and festivals. We’ll post any virtual or in-person events that we find on our calendar. Scroll down for a calendar of St. Patrick’s Day events, followed by other upcoming cultural heritage events.
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St. Patrick’s Day parades in the Puget Sound region
Virtual Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival. In lieu of the Seattle Center Irish Festival, this year’s celebration will be a Virtual Irish Festival 90 Minute Show, airing on March 13 and again on St Patricks Day March 17. More info: http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/featured-events/festal/irish-festival.
Cancelled for 2021. Bremerton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 6th and Pacific, heads south on Pacific to Fourth Street, turns right to head down to Park Avenue. At Park Ave turning Right to 5th St. Right on 5th St back up to Pacific Ave. Get your Irish on and celebrate this fun community tradition in downtown Bremerton. More info: Visit Bremerton | Facebook
Cancelled for 2021. St. Patrick’s Day parade in Seattle, usually held the Saturday on or before St. Patrick’s Day, March 14. The Seattle parades starts at 12:30 pm, led by the Parade Grand Marshal and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal, assisted by Seattle’s Mayor and special guests up 4th Avenue. The Parade travels north from James, and after passing the reviewing stand at Westlake, goes via the Monorail to the Seattle Center for closing ceremonies in the Armory at 2:00 pm. Seniors are invited to ride the parade for free in a Duck’s Boat – just be at 4th Ave and Jefferson by 12 noon to take your seat. More info: http://irishclub.org/irish-week/
Irish restaurants and bars in the Puget Sound region
Here’s our list of recommended Irish restaurants and bars in the Puget Sound region that host special events for St. Patrick’s Day. Many will gladly do takeout orders.
Irish phrases for St. Patrick’s Day
The following are some phrases and greetings you can use on St. Patrick’s Day:
“Erin go Bragh” is an anglicized version of the Irish phrase “Éirinn go Brách” (and various other spellings), which translates to “Ireland forever” or more literally “Ireland until the end of time”.
Sláinte means “Good Health”, which you can use in place of “cheers”.
“Dia is Muire Dhuit” is a way to say “hello” and means “God and Mary with you.” We have no idea how to pronounce it. If someone says this to you, the response is “Dia is Mhuire Duit agus Padraig” or “God and Mary and St. Patrick with you.”
“A hundred thousand welcomes” is another greeting. In Irish Gaelic, it is “Céad Mile Fáilte”.
“Go n-éiri an bóthar leat” is an Irish blessing, which can be used to say “goodbye” or “good luck”. The literal translation is “may the road be successful for you”, though it is often translated as “may the road rise up to meet you,” as in this complete blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
St. Patrick’s Day events
More events celebrating St. Patrick’s day including Irish music, pub crawls, and other revelry.
Other cultural heritage events
More festivals and events celebrating the cultural heritage of people living in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area.
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