It’s the week of the Emerald Isle, and the celebrations are crossing the pond to Manchester. Kicking off on Paddy’s Day itself, March 17th, Mancs will be able to take part in the famous Irish festivities all weekend long, thanks to a big Irish Weekender that’ll be taking over the city.
A free event boasting live music and street food, guests will be able to properly enjoy the occasion for the first time in two years (thanks to the pandemic), with plenty of Irish tipples on tap in the proper Paddy’s spirit.
Piccadilly Gardens will become a hotbed of all things Irish this Thursday from 12 noon right through to Sunday 20th March, boasting plenty of free live music and dance, alongside foodie stalls fully stocked with Guinness, whiskey, stouts and more, alongside Irish coffees and delicious food. Irish dancers, pipe bands and Irish folk musicians will provide the entertainment, taking to the stage in the middle of the gardens on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Councillor Pat Karney, city centre lead for Manchester City Council, said:”We all know that if you can’t be in the Emerald Isle itself then Manchester is the next best place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. We also know that one day alone isn’t nearly long enough to celebrate all that’s great about Ireland and its unique cultural heritage of music and dance – which is why we’ve put together the weekender event to share the love over four days and give everyone a chance to enjoy the craic.
“It’s brilliant to see so many people already coming back into the city centre to enjoy what it has to offer, and the Manchester Irish Weekender gives another good reason to come into town. It’s going to be fantastic, so find a shamrock, wear something green, and come on down!”