Paris might lag behind Dublin or New York when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but March 17th is still an important date on the Parisian calendar. Expats and locals alike flock to the city's numerous Irish pubs to raise a toast to the man responsible for green Guinness and some of the world's liveliest street parades. Thanks to the city’s ever-increasing Irish community, St. Patrick’s Day in Paris is a fun event, mostly free of the cliches that sometimes characterized it in the past.
Whatever your taste, March 17th should not pass you by without some form of celebration, and Paris has plenty on offer to ensure you have a Lá Fhéile Phádraig (Happy St. Patrick's Day).
Irish Pubs in the French Capital
For many, March 17th is synonymous with Irish pub culture-- so it's not surprising that most of the St. Patrick's Day action is scheduled in Paris' impressive supply of Irish pubs, frequented by expats and those attracted by the laid-back, homey atmosphere often lacking in chic Parisian counterparts.
Regular bars will also be jumping on the Paddy’s Day bandwagon, offering specials to pull the crowds, but are best avoided in favor of an Irish equivalent, where you will be guaranteed craic, sport agus spraoi (fun and games).
A Few Of Our Favorite Watering Holes
Read our guide to the best Irish bars and pubs in Paris to find a great spot to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the city of lights.
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St. Patrick's Day 2017 - Things to Bear in Mind:
- March 17th falls on a Friday this year, so pubs celebrating St Paddy's are generally going to be putting on some pretty lively parties and special events like live music, in some cases throughout the weekend.
- Drinking in Irish pubs is an expensive pastime, even by Paris standards. So if you’re fond of the black stuff, be prepared to fork out up to 15 euros for a pint of second-rate Guinness.
Not Interested in Pub Culture? More Ways to Celebrate
There may be no parade on the streets of Paris this year, but non-drinkers, families and those in search of Irish arts and culture can still partake in the festivities while avoiding the pub scene. Here are some alternatives:
Music and Dance
If you're low on funds and are looking for a more low-key but authentic cultural experience, check out the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris. This year, traditional Irish musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire is giving what's set to be a memorable concert on the evening of the 17th.
This year, The price is 18 Euros/15 Euros with a valid student card. Reservations are recommended.
When: March 17th, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
From the Irish Cultural Centre: "Colm Mac Con Iomaire is traditionally known as being one of the founding members of The Frames. However in recent times he's been carving out a name for himself as a solo artist, with two critically acclaimed albums under his belt, and as a composer for TV, film and theatre. In a crowded field of outstanding Irish fiddle players and interpreters of traditional music Colm is unique."
The Irish Cultural Centre also has a variety of additional concerts, film nights and other special events planned for their annual St Patrick's Festival. See complete info here.
St. Patrick's Day Family Fun at Disneyland Paris
If, despite all this, you're still hankering after a real St Patrick's Day parade, then there's nothing for it but to get yourself over to Disneyland Paris, less than an hour outside of Paris and accessible by the RER A train. The kitschiest of all Paddy's Day parades awaits you here, with green-clad Disney favorites, Irish dancers, face painters and a dazzling green fireworks display to finish the evening.