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St Patrick’s in Liverpool 2017

It is common knowledge that Liverpool is basically the second capital of Ireland, and this is proven every year come the 17th of March – St. Patrick’s Day.

 

From as early as 10 AM you can hear the sounds of celebration echoing throughout Liverpool’s streets. Not a nook or cranny is left untouched by a shamrock or Guinness.

 

Although it was raining all day this St Paddy’s day, nothing could dampen the city’s spirits. There was so much contagious energy amongst the crowds gathering to celebrate that the rain was barely even noticeable.

 

Liverpool’s many Irish pubs are filled to the brim from midday onwards. When you sign up to celebrating St Paddy’s Day in Liverpool it is a full-day commitment. However, I strongly advise that if you really want to celebrate like a local that you make sure you start celebrating early enough, especially if you want to get to a decent place in town.

 

McCooley’s and basically every venue in Concert Square was filled to the brim. Naturally on St Paddy’s, it’s the pubs and bars that are the most popular attractions. It was almost impossible to move between the throngs of people, but that didn’t hamper the celebrations one bit. In fact I’d say it amplified the great vibes that everyone was feeling. There was definitely a strong sense of community spirit.

 

I think that’s the best thing of St Paddy’s in Liverpool – everyone is made to feel welcome. Even though St Patrick’s Day is originally an Irish holiday celebrating its national independence and heritage, that doesn’t mean only the Irish can celebrate it. I’m half Irish and to me St Paddy’s Day isn’t just about Ireland: it’s a celebration of community spirit.

 

I loved hearing the crowds belting out classic Irish songs, and this year the hit song was Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl hitting the green-coated cobbles of Liverpool. McCooley’s had live performers (a fiddler and a singer/guitarist) singing Celtic-style covers of hits like I Will Survive which suprisingly sounded amazing.

 

Celebrations aren’t just restricted to the city centre. Literally everywhere you go in Liverpool there is some kind of celebration for St Paddy’s! And anyone is welcome to join (although some events require a fee). Along Smithdown Road there were loads of students gathering to celebrate, making their way from Smithdown to the city centre by stepping into various pubs and bars along the way.

 

All you need is to step outside and you are guaranteed a good time. That’s one of the beautiful things about the incredibly strong Irish pride in Scouse culture – there’s always great craic to be had!

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