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Get your green on and celebrate St Pats Day 2014 in Sydney
Sydney first celebrated St Patrick's Day on 17 March 1810 when Governor Lachlan Macquarie provided entertainment for the Irish convict workers. Over 200 years later and bathed in tradition, this day is upon us again and will be celebrated in style once more.
The Sydney Opera House will join other landmarks around the world in going green in recognition of our huge numbers of Australians with an Irish heritage. See the green sails from 7.30pm.
On Sunday 16th March the annual Parade is on beginning at 12 noon but first there is some pre-parade entertainment in George St at Town Hall. Dance in the street to some music and entertainment from 10.30am.
The parade will start at the corner of Bathurst and George Sts and wind it ways down to Park St then Elizabeth St and St James St with some wacky floats, lots of colour and street theatre.
The celebration will continue at 1pm with the Family Fun Day in Hyde Park North kicking off with the Australian and Irish national anthems on the main stage. Several Irish bands and musicians will entertain the crowd throughout the afternoon. There will be lots of food and merchandise, a Citizenship ceremony, children's play area, and a seisiun tent. The event finishes up at 6.30pm.
But that's not all. Irish buskers will fill the CBD to celebrate the launch of the new Irish Walking Tour of Sydney smartphone app.
So get your green on and have a fantastic day out.