St Patrick's Day in The Hague
Each year, Grote Markt in The Hague hosts what may well be the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Netherlands! St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is Ireland’s national holiday and has turned into a yearly celebration of Irish culture globally. This year, despite the pandemic, the celebrations will go ahead, so get ready for the first online version of this event!
Celebrating Irish culture globally
Nowadays, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world, with people from all walks of life wearing something green and socialising among the crowds of people, perhaps at their local Irish pub. Many cities go the extra mile and organise a large-scale, vibrant, energetic street festival full of live music, Irish dancing and singing to bring the St. Patrick’s Day vibes to the people.
The day commemorates St Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland, who represents the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It's a public holiday in Ireland, but abroad, it's most likely business as usual on March 17, 2020, so the closest Saturday or Sunday to that date is the day when the magic happens internationally. This year, it's March 14.
St. Patrick's Day Festival moves online
On a typical year, the open-air St. Patrick's Day experience is in full swing at Grote Markt. A stage full of non-stop bands, dancers, and singers presenting Irish music of the highest energy put you into the realm of Irish culture, along with the Irish market, where you can buy souvenirs and other Irish products, food and drinks.
On a normal St Patrick's festival, you could, of course, relax on the terraces and enjoy the music with some refreshments, not just drinks from the Netherlands like Dutch beer and jenever, but also Irish beer, perhaps a Guinness, as long as the weather holds up! St Patrick's Day celebrations in 2021 will be very different, though!
This event is the result of a long-standing collaboration between Grote Markt, the Irish Club of the Netherlands and the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), so St. Patrick’s Day 2021 in The Hague is sure to be a great party with cultural performances, taking place in online form but with the same level of vitality and excitement as usual!
Plan your online St Patrick's Day
Follow the event’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information and the performance timetables and line-ups. Get your green costume ready and tune in for some online fun!