On Sunday, March 17, 2019, The Hague will go green again for the Irish national holiday. For the 9th time in a row the festival on the Grote Markt takes place with Irish bands, shows of the best Irish dance schools in Europe, traditional dishes, Guinness on tap and an extensive Dramtune whiskey tasting.
For the 2019 edition, thousands more visitors are expected and the party is expanding more and more in the city center of The Hague. Meanwhile, the festival has become the biggest celebration of St Patrick’s Day on the European mainland!
Collaboration with O’Casey’s Irish pub
Thousands of Dutch people living in the Netherlands and natives in the countryside are attracted to The Hague every year for the free event. The entrepreneurs around the Grote Markt and The Irish Club of the Netherlands joined forces with the world famous O’Casey’s Irish pub for the first time last year.
to create one big festival in the city center. O’Casey’s won no less than two international prizes and can call himself the best Irish community pub in Europe and the world. Since this cooperation, the popularity seems to have exploded – some 12,000 visitors found their way to the festival in 2018!
Since the past editions, more and more entrepreneurs have been embracing St. Patrick’s Day in The Hague city center. To reinforce this ‘greening’ and the different festival locations together
To connect this year there is an extra attraction on the street: a live band will shuttle back and forth between playing the Noordeinde and the Grote Markt to get everyone on their route with stirring Irish folk music in the mood.
Learn how to dance céilí yourself
What makes this Irish holiday really such a hit? In addition to the uplifting music, the attraction is certainly in the Irish themselves, who traditionally form the hard core every year. They know how to make a party from early in the day, encouraged by pints of Guinness.
In order to give the slightly more stiff Dutchman a little push in the right direction, the Irish flown in Blarney Dance Academy at 14:00 an outdoor clinic céilí (pronounced: ‘kjeli’) dance where everyone is welcome to join. Céilí dances are the traditional riding and dancing dances known from the Riverdance spectacle. On wooden platforms in front of the main stage everyone can try to master the rising and grinding step.