On Saint Paddy’s Day of course everyone claims to have Celtic blood and it’s no different in Buenos Aires.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
There is an annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade to help the more than 500,000 Irish in Argentina celebrate. This year, it was announced at the last moment that it will not actually take place on Saint Patrick’s Day but instead on Saturday, the 10th of March. The event titled ‘Buenos Aires Celebra Irelanda y Escocia’ will celebrate not only Ireland, but also Scotland.
More than 50 food and beer stands will open along Avenida de Mayo starting at noon March 10. The elves, fairies, bagpipers and Irish dancers will honor the homeland with the parade beginning at 3 p.m.
Afterward there are live music and dance performances featuring Irish-flavored rock and folk groups which includes Evergreen, The Stouts, and Tartan Army, along with performances by the Irish dance troupes, Emeraldance and Celtic Argentina. The event is hosted by the Argentina-Ireland Association, the Buenos Aires city government and the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires.
This year the celebration is on Avenida de Mayo and Peru streets, near the Plaza de Mayo
• 12:00 p.m. Activities begin
• 3:00 p.m. — Annual St. Paddy’s Day Parade,
• 3:45 p.m.: Parade ends and celebrations continue • 4:00-7:00 p.m. live music and dance
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
The town of Luján in Buenos Aires province will be celebrating the 117th anniversary of their St. Paddy’s Day pilgrimage and parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. That will be followed by a mass in the Basílica Nuestra. Sra. de Luján. The service will be followed by a lunch and social that will feature Celtic music and dance. See the link below for more details. The event is organized by the Federation of Irish Argentines and the Irish-Argentine Association of Luján.
People also typically gather at Plaza Irlanda in Caballito on the 17th, from 11 a.m. onward, but there has been no official announcement. All events are open to the public.
The Hurling Club of Buenos Aires
The Hurling Club of Buenos Aires also has a yearly dinner and dance to honor St. Paddy’s Day in their very authentic-looking pub. Get in touch with the club to find out more details.
The Hurling Club
Gdor. Vergara Avenue 5415
Tel: 4665-0903/ 4662-8358
9:00-11:00 p.m.— dinner
11 p.m.— performance and dance
Irish Pubs in Retiro
On March 17th in Buenos Aires visitors will find St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the city’s Irish Pubs, such as DownTown Matías, Druid Inn, John John and The Kilkenny around the Retiro area. Visitors probably won’t find Guinness but they will find other dark beers and traditional Irish dishes made the Argentine way. Be forewarned that these rowdy bars are nothing like pubs in Ireland. Watch this video to see the usual scene that takes place every year. Indeed, it is probably due to the out of control party that the city decided to move the official parade and celebrations up a week in an attempt to lesson the typical St. Paddy’s Day chaos.
Irish Pubs in Buenos Aires
• Down Town Matias — Reconquista Street 701
• Druid Inn — Reconquista Street 1040
• John John — Reconquista Street 924
• The Kilkenny — Marcelo T. de Alvear 399
⇒ Click here to see a list of St. Paddy’s Day activities around the Buenos Aires province and other areas of Argentina