Ireland's St Paddy's Day Goes Virtual

Ireland's St Paddy's Day Goes Virtual
St Patrick's Day Celebrations at The Temple Bar, Photo Credit: Aitormmfoto /

Ireland's St. Patrick’s Festival returns in 2021, running from March 12 to 17

OT Staff
March 14 , 2021
04 Min Read

Usually, St Patrick's Day means parades, wearing green, and a lot of signing, dancing, and drinking. However, the festival is going virtual this year as Ireland continues to battle coronavirus.

The festival has been moved online bringing all the color, culture, and pageantry into homes around the world via St. Patrick’s Festival TV or SPF TV, a dedicated TV channel at and accessible globally. 

Offering unique St Patrick’s Day fun, SPF TV invites the world to take a front row seat over six days and nights at one of the great national cultural celebrations.

While few places worldwide will be able to gather outside or indoors as normal for St Patrick’s Day, the reimagined festival, running from March 12 – 17, will bring to life the heart and soul of Ireland’s celebrations.

A rich and dynamic programme of events, created by hundreds of artists, musicians, performers, makers, creators, arts and live events workers and community organisations across Ireland will run on the online channel.

An Irish kid gears up for St.Patrick's Day

With music, theatre, art, performance, poetry, storytelling, traditional arts, tours, street and building lighting and art installations and much more, it will connect the family of 80 million people across the globe who claim Irish heritage.

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In a statement, the festival management team said: “While we cannot gather on the streets for the St Patrick’s Festival Parade this 17 March, 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 organisers also said they were partnering with Irish national broadcaster RTÉ in developing a virtual parade initiative to provide a fun and safe ‘at home’ alternative for everyone to enjoy, and will be announcing further details on this over the coming weeks.

The latest on St Patrick’s Festival 2021 can be found on and you can follow it on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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