Where is it: Starting at Alice St at the City Botanic Gardens and marching up George, Mary and Edward Streets before returning to the gardens!
What's it all about: A parade through the streets of Brisbane to celebrate the Irish culture!
How can I join in: Get dressed up in green and cheer on the parade!
Tell me more: St Patrick is celebrated as the patron saint of Ireland, and St Patrick's Day is generally regarded as a celebration of all Irish heritage and culture. With such a large population of Irish expats calling Brisbane home, and so many Australians with Irish heritage, any celebration of Irish culture is bound to draw a crowd! A week-long Irish Festival commences with the parade, which sets off from the City Botanic Gardens and marches around a couple of city blocks, so there's plenty of opportunity to find a vantage point to get a good view. Irish dancers, marching bands, sporting teams and community associations take part in the march, singing, dancing and cheering (and even handing out a few lollies!) their way through the city! The crowd responds appropriately - as it would seem that there is a significant proportion of the crowd that would have Irish heritage as well!
After the parade, the party continues at any of the number of Irish-themed pubs, or for the families in the City Botanic Gardens, where there is a market and live Irish music. Most of the kids and families head straight to the playground - which, by coincidence, is a nice shade of green! - so the great festive atmosphere from the parade is carried through to the playground as well! A lovely morning out for everyone, regardless of whether you have an Irish connection or not!
After Party in the Botanic Gardens
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