St. Patrick's Day celebration 2014
As every March 17th, the most important day in its calendar, Ireland celebrates its patron saint, Saint Patrick, and this special date will be celebrated in Buenos Aires on Sunday, March 16th, 2014.
This event is organized by the Irish - Argentine Association "William Brown", the Government of Buenos Aires, and sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland.
Stands of the Irish community and other Celtic countries will be set up on Plaza San Martin, from 12 pm, where they will offer typical food, crafts, and different products.
At 2.30 pm an historical representation of the Battle of Martín García, led by the Irish Admiral William Brown will be presented in the square, with the participation of more than 100 artists. This year is the 200th anniversary of this battle, and the Government has declared 2014 as the "Year of Brown".
Before the parade, the Irish community will pay homage to the Jewish community at Arroyo & Suipacha, site of the bombing of the Israeli Embassy, in commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attack.
The Saint Patrick Parade will start at Arroyo and Suipacha at 6 pm to finish at Plaza San Martin with a show with Irish music and dance. The groups Celtic Argentina and Emeraldance, and the band MacManus, will present their traditional dances and music. The parade will include a costume contest for "leprechauns" (gnomes) and "fairies" for adults and children.
In case of rain the event will be postponed to Saturday, March 29th.
The Irish community in Argentina is one of the largest in the world (calculated in 500,000 people). In recent years the celebration of St Patrick’s day has been extended to most of the pubs in Buenos Aires, specially on Reconquista Street in Retiro, where people of different nationalities and ages gather to party all night long around the pubs in the area. Click here for a complete program of activities at different pubs.