Argentina has the 5th largest Irish community in the world and no doubt St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the capital city, Buenos Aires, is one of the most highly anticipated annual events. March 17 is the famous date but since it falls on a Monday this year, it is been causing some confusions as to when the festivities will actually take place. After some searching for reliable sources, we believe we have straightened it out and here are the information so you can prepare yourself!
The organized markets, parade and shows will take place on Sunday March 16, 2014. Beginning at 12 noon, Plaza San Martin will turn into an Irish fair with food vendors and artisanal arts & crafts stands. At 2:30pm, there will be an historical reenactment with more than 100 actors to pay tribute to the 200th Anniversary of the Martín García Battle which was led by Admiral William Brown (or Guillermo Brown in Spanish), who was an Irish-born Argentine Admiral and founder of the Argentine Navy.
At 6pm, the traditional parade will commence at Arroyo and Suipacha towards Plaza San Martin. Among all these, there’ll also be a costume competition of “leprechauns” (gnomos) and “faires” (hadas), and cultural music and dance performances. All the bars and pubs in that area will also join in on this yearly celebration.
If you are a traditionalist and will only celebrate on the actual date of March 17, all the Irish or non-Irish bars and pubs will definitely have some type of party and promotions going on on Monday. Check out this list here.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!