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Hold My Beer: Ireland's St. Patrick's Day Festivities Goes Virtual
For the second year in a row, Dublin has had to cancel its beloved St. Patrick’s Day parade due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But this year the show will go on — virtually.
Ireland’s 2021 St. Patrick’s Festival will run for six days starting from March 12th and ending on the 17th. In a statement shared on the event’s website, organizers welcomed the rest of the world to join in on the socially distanced celebration.
“While we cannot gather on the streets for the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade this March 17th, we are reimagining how we bring to life the heart and soul of the national Parade, through spectacle, marching bands, pageantry and ceremony, inviting our audiences to participate virtually and enjoy safely from their homes until we can come together again.”
The news comes just after the Belfast City Council confirmed the 2021 Belfast St Patrick’s Day parade had been cancelled. The Dublin parade is the largest in Ireland, drawing an estimated 500,000 people last year.
The event will be broadcasted to over 80 million people worldwide through ‘SPF TV’, a St. Patrick’s Festival TV Channel, and can be accessed at www.stpatricksfestival.ie.