The Embassy of Ireland

The Embassy of Ireland

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a tradition for many, whether you are Irish-American or not.  But if you’re in D.C. and looking to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, your options may be limited.  The biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in our nation’s capitol usually don’t take place on the day itself.

One option would be to stop by the Embassy of Ireland, which is located at 2234 Massachusetts Avenue (MAP) at Sheridan Circle, in the northwest D.C. neighborhood of Embassy Row.  The semi-detached limestone building was designed around a central staircase and built in the Louis XVI manner.   Today, the building includes formal reception rooms which have been maintained in their original style as well as offices for the officials based at the Embassy.  But since it’s a national holiday for Ireland, the Embassy is closed on St. Patrick’s Day.  However, there is an annual open day for members of the public at the Embassy in early May.

Another option to celebrate the holiday is to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which takes place in northwest D.C. along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets (MAP).  This two-and-a-half hour special event, known as the Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, includes floats, marching bands, pipe bands, military, police, and fire departments.  Unfortunately, that took place last weekend on March 15th.

Another option for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is to attend The National Shamrock Fest, a street festival with live music, food, drinks, roving entertainers, craft vendors, an Irish Village, carnival rides, games and much more. Shamrock Fest is the largest St. Patrick’s Day party in the D.C. metro area, featuring more than 40 bands and DJs on 9 stages.  The event is held at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, located at 2400 E. Capitol Street in northeast D.C. (MAP), and takes place rain or shine.  But it takes place next weekend, on March 22nd.

I guess the best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on St. Patrick’s Day is to do it the old fashioned, traditional way – with an Irish pub crawl.  And since it seems like you can’t go for a bike ride or swing a shillelagh in D.C. without hitting an Irish pub, it won’t be difficult to find one.  Erin go bragh.

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