This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations start March 17th in all the main Irish pubs in Bucharest with live music. This will be followed during the weekend with street events, mainly the St. Patrick’s Day parade and an open-air concert.

The parade, organized by the Ireland Romania Network, will take place March 20th, starting 15.00, in front of Romanian Peasant Museum and ending at the Athenaeum. The event is expected to gather over 100 bagpipers and drummers, as well as two local Irish dance groups: Irish Way and STAYsha. Twenty bagpipers are coming from Ireland, 16 from Varna (Kavadan Bagpipe Band), 58 from Vrancea, 15 from Botosani and 2 from Sibiu. At the same time, 40 help dogs, born and bred in Ireland, will join the parade dressed in their best, green clothes. The parade will be lead by Irish ambassador to Bucharest Derek Feely and John Long, president of the Ireland Romania Network.

As a preview to the parade, bagpipers will perform in Herastrau park on March 19th, around 12.00. Also on March 19th a concert will take place between 17.00 and 20.00 in the Old Town (Lipscani area).  The show will kick off with the Bordo Sarkany pipers from Hungary who will play a set of Irish and Scottish tunes. Following this, the students of the SteySha school of Irish dance will demonstrate their skills. Coming from the west coast of Ireland, The Donegal Pipe Band will rock the old town with their pipes and drums. Just a day before heading to Scotland for the Irish Dance World Championships, Stefan Orheanu, one of Romania’s best Irish dancers will make a special appearance on the stage. For the first time on a stage in Bucharest a Celtic harp will be played by Ileana Rotaru, local harper. To end the show, an Irish-Romanian performance will be presented by the Irish Way dancers and Live band.

Every year on March 17th the Irish across the globe celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday remembers St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, who brought Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century.