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Celebrate irish culture without leaving Brisbane
Bring the luck of the Irish in your life and celebrate Irish culture, St. Patrick's Day and the Irish contribution to Queensland this March.
Did you know that St. Patrick's Day observes the passing of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland? It is a key festive date in the Irish calendar.
There are quite a few Irish descendants in Australia. The 2011 Australian census showed that 2,087,800 residents identified themselves as having Irish ancestry either alone or in combination with another ancestry. This nominated ancestry was third behind English and Australian in terms of the largest number of responses and represents 10.4% of the total population of Australia.
What can you do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Brisbane? 1. The St. Patrick's Day Parade Cancelled A long-held tradition of the Brisbane Irish Festival is the annual St St. Patrick's Day with weaves though the inner CBD. Due to COVID-19, the parade will not proceed in 2021 - but do not despair. There are lots of other terrific events around the city to get your Irish eyes smiling this festival season.
2. Order a drink at an Irish Pubs You can't celebrate Irish culture without a pint or two. Enjoy a glass of Guinness at one of Brisbane's Irish-themed pubs including:
Gilhooley's Irish Pub and Restaurant Finn McCool's Pig n Whistle
3. Support mental health at the St. Paddy's Green and White Dinner
Steaks with Mates and White Cloud Foundation invite you to our St. Paddy's Day Green & White Dinner to support people battling depression.
The Port Office Hotel in Brisbane will be partnering with Steaks with Mates and the White Cloud Foundation to host the St Paddy's Day Green and White Dinner and support people battling depression.
The night will be led by MC and AFL legend Jason Ackermanis, and have live music, auctions, drinks and great food. Don't forget to wear your best green and white. The Port Office Hotel is located at 40 Edward Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000. Tickets range from $159.34 - $1,900.09 and can be purchased through Eventbrite here.
4. Watch a screening of The Commitments
The Elizabeth Picture Theatre will be showing a special screening of The Commitments during the film's 30th-anniversary on Thursday 11 March and Saturday 13 March. The Commitments is a musical comedy-drama film based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle. To book your tickets to this Dublin set film, head to [LINKhttps://fivestarcinemas.com.au/the-elizabeth/movie/the-commitments-1991]this page.[/LINK][/LINK]
5. See the Irish Lights
The Story Bridge, the Victoria Bridge and the Steam Sculptures in Reddacliff Place will be lit green from 16 March at 12:00 pm to 17 March at 11:45 pm as part of St. Patrick's Day and Brisbane Irish Festival. The Lighting of Council assets are reserved for significant local, state or national events or awareness campaigns.
As you can see, there is a lot happening at the 2021 Brisbane Irish Festival. So, enjoy some Irish culture and bring some good luck to your 2021.