2021 St. Patrick’s Day


Staying safe and staying home does not mean we cannot celebrate. This year there is no shortage of events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the difference is that this year’s events will be held virtually. 

Beginning with a book launch hosted by The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate for From Whence I came:  The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Ireland in Congress on Monday, March 15th, to Ireland and the U.S.: Getting Back on Track on Tuesday, to the all of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations from around the globe on Wednesday, March 17th there is something for everyone.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit.


From Whence I came: The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America

Monday, March 15, 2021 2:00pm EST, 6:00 pm GMT

Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Consulate General of Ireland in Boston, and Embassy of Ireland, USA for a virtual 2021 St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. The program will honor the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Ireland in Congress by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and others and celebrate the launch of “From Whence I Came: The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America,” a collection of essays edited by Brian Murphy and Donnacha Ó Beacháin. Read More+


26th Annual Irish American Partnership St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Monday, March 15, 2021 6:00 pm EST, 10:00 pm GMT

The Irish American Partnership will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day virtually this year with an evening filled with Irish heritage, culture, music, and some very special guests.

The featured guest for the evening is Cillian Murphy a multi-award-winning actor and patron of the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway for the past 10 years. Murphy will be joined by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, 8th President of Ireland Mary McAleese, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, and Father Tom Hurley, Pastor of Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago. Read More+


Enterprise Ireland – Ireland and The U.S.:
On Track to Getting Back

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 11:00 am EST, 3:00pm GMT

Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government agency for the international development of Irish firms, is hosting a compelling panel discussion on how post-pandemic recovery will shape up on either side of the Atlantic. The panel will take place on Zoom Webinar on Tuesday, March 16 at 11:00AM Eastern and will feature Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin; Enterprise Ireland CEO, Julie Sinnamon; ICON Plc CEO, Steve Cutler; Ambassador Dan Mulhall of the Irish Embassy in Washington DC and Robert Wolcott, Chairman and Co-Founder at TWIN Global and Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Booth School of Management, University of Chicago. The panel will be moderated by award-winning author, podcaster and producer, Diane Brady. Read More+


Light it Up Green!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative will celebrate its 12th year on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 with sites all over the world going green on St. Patrick’s Day.

The first Global Greening initiative took place on March 17, 2010 with the iconic Sydney Opera House being illuminated green. Since then sites all over the world have joined in the initiative and this year over 600 sites around the world will take part in the Global Greening initiative with over 300 being illuminated for the first time in 2021. Read More+


New York City Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The 2021 New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. The Parade is the oldest and largest parade in the world and has marched on the streets of New York City every year since 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence that established the United States of America. This year will mark the 260th St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. Read More+

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The greening of the Chicago River for St. Patrick’s Day is a tradition that started in 1962. This year it was announced that the river would not be dyed green but Mayor Lori Lightfoot reversed that decision and allowed the river to dyed green in the early morning of March 13, 2021.

The river was dyed early than normal and the plan was not announced to help prevent crowds from gathering as we continue to social distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chicago city streets are normally full in the early morning hours on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day festivities when the river is dyed and the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place. While this year’s parade is canceled some folks were out to view the river being dyed and celebrating the annual tradition but the streets were much quieter this year. Many Chicagoans and visitors alike were happy to see the annual tradition of the river being dyed green continue. Read More+


Bushmills Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 3:00pm EST, 7:00 pm GMT

As the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, Bushmills has seen their fair share of St. Patrick’s Days. And while the local pub is typically the spot for celebration, this year, it’s all about celebrating Paddy’s Day safely at home.

The green beer and orange wigs will not be missed! Bushmills has it on good authority (and 400 years of practice!) that a proper Irish St. Patrick’s day is all about two things – good music and good whiskey – and this St. Patrick’s Day, Bushmills is bringing both. Read More+


Remembering John Hume

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 3:30 pm EST, 7:30 pm GMT

This Saint Patrick’s Day we mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Ireland in Washington DC.  We also mark the first Saint Patrick’s Day since the death of the great John Hume, Nobel Laureate, politician, the architect of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. 

Please join the family, friends, and colleagues of John Hume, as we remember his life and legacy, here in the city where he spent many Saint Patrick’s Days furthering the cause of peace. Read More+


Sober St. Patrick’s Day 10th Anniversary

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 4:00 pm EST, 8:00pm GMT

Chef Terry McCoy, author of the new “Saint Patrick’s Plate” cookbook and the team producing the new The Saint Patrick Show in Downpatrick, have joined the Sober St. Patrick’s Day® 10th Anniversary global virtual celebration!

  • Chef McCoy will be in his kitchen in Skerries and invites you to be in yours cooking right along with him – or just enjoy watching – as he prepares the special cook-along menu from his cookbook, “Saint Patrick’s Plate.”
  • The virtual anniversary dinner will be followed by a special preview of The Saint Patrick Show, a musical and visual tale about Saint Patrick performed from the home of Saint Patrick in Ireland – Downpatrick. Read More+

History Loves A Parade

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:00pm EST

An online Salute to 260 Years of the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

Explore key milestones of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in North America from Colonial times to the present. Featuring archival images and new photography, guest musicians, and original interviews with noted historians. (1762-2021). Read More+


Tourism Ireland’s Virtual Pub Tour

Wednesday, March 17th 5:30 pm EST

Everyone knows that the island of Ireland is the best place in the world to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. However, as overseas visitors can’t travel here, for now, this St Patrick’s Day Tourism Ireland will bring a taste of Ireland right into the homes of people everywhere around the world.

‘St Patrick’s Day at Home with Tourism Ireland’ will be a 90-minute broadcast on the evening of 17 March – from three of our best-known and much-loved pubs. Hosted by TV presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, the event will be live-streamed on social media from Johnnie Fox’s pub in the Dublin Mountains, as well as from Dick Mack’s in Dingle and the Duke of York in Belfast. Read More+


IBO St. Patrick’s Day Open House

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:30 pm EST

The Irish Business Organization of New York is hosting a virtual open house featuring author, comedian, and broadcaster Colm O’Reagan. The evening will include music, dance, comedy, and camaraderie at a time when we cannot gather in person. Joining Colm for this special evening will be Niall O’Leary dancer, entertainer, and spoons virtuoso, singer Sheena Mullan and Will Woodson (flute, uilleann pipes), and Cailin Finley (fiddle). Read More+


The History of the Irish in Denver

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 7:00pm EST

Join Curatorial Services and Collections Access staff at History Colorado Center as we host Dr. James Walsh, an Associate Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Political Science at the University of Colorado Denver. via ZOOM as he discusses the story of Irish immigrants in early Colorado, focusing closely on Irish labor activism, Irish churches, Irish immigrant networks to Denver. Walsh will be joined by UCD student Kira Boatright who has done important groundbreaking research using census data to map Irish concentrations in early Denver and other parts of the state. Read More+


Shades of Green

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 7:30 pm EST

Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Daniel Mulhall, has announced details of a St Patrick’s Day celebration of Irish-America, which he will host on the evening of Wednesday 17 March, alongside Ireland’s Consuls General in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York & San Francisco.

Titled ‘‘Shades of Green’’, the program will feature performers from across America and Ireland, as well as more than a dozen exceptional Irish-Americans, who will reflect on the community’s history and traditions as well as the resilience we have shown in response to COVID-19. Alongside a special St Patrick’s Day message from Taoiseach Micheál Martin, the evening will include a poetic tribute to President  Biden and a commemoration of those our community has lost over the past year. Read More+