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Dublin Plans a Socially-Distanced St. Patrick’s Day

Sara Blatnik Sara Blatnik Dublin Plans a Socially-Distanced St. Patrick’s DayPhoto provided by Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Another year without St. Patrick’s Day parades and pub crawls?! In Dublin, no St. Patrick’s Day will go uncelebrated. Visit Dublin is welcoming residents and visitors to experience a socially-distanced St. Patrick’s Day with new touchless experiences that will keep revelers safe while keeping spirits high. 

A new digital Celtic Cocktail Trail pass is set to launch on March 13 allowing participants to visit 18 local restaurants that have created cocktails with Irish flair. Sign up for the pass (no app required) to start sipping through Dublin the Irish way. The trail is available year-round so there’s no need to complete it in one weekend!

This touchless trail has its perks. Other than lucky libations and supporting local restaurants, trail-goers earn prizes like koozies and an exclusive Celtic Cocktail Trail t-shirt to wear next St. Patrick’s Day. The pass is free and easy to sign up here

The Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade that normally attracts 20,000 people is putting itself in reverse. This year’s parade will ask attendees to drive through Darree Fields in Dublin as parade floats, giant inflatables, bagpipers and more remain stationary. The reverse format allows for attendees to enjoy parade favorites from the comfort of their car and bubble. This reverse parade will be held on Saturday, March 13 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

A visit to Downtown Dublin where new restaurants, shops and attractions are popping up like four leaf clovers will provide some Irish fun. The Dublin Link Pedestrian Bridge will be lit up green March 12-17 in honor of the holiday.

Visitors may step on some Irish-inspired artwork while there. Visit Dublin and Dublin Arts Council have created a “6-ft Gallery” that will showcase four local artists and urge visitors to “Stay three painting apart” while in the area. The self-guided street gallery will feature scenes of Dublin, Ireland while reinforcing social-distancing. 

And for the wee ones there’s always the Irish Fairy Door Trail, a free scavenger hunt leading to 12 Downtown Dublin shops in search of tiny, magical doors and their resident fairies. Find them all and score a free t-shirt. 

If you are not ready to be in public, you’re in luck! Visit Dublin has created ways for you to celebrate from home. Stream past parades, listen to their St. Patrick’s Day Spotify list or use their recipes to make your own Celtic Cocktails at home. Get the details on festivities and ways to celebrate at home here.

This article is brought to you with support from the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Visit Dublin Ohio serves as an economic driver for the City of Dublin attracting visitors and events that generate jobs and global awareness of Dublin.

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