*update: this is an old post. Although a lot of the information is the same, please see this year’s post on the St. Patrick day celebrations.
The British in Argentina may not be too popular these days, but Argentines are happy to help the 500,000+ strong Irish descendants in the country party every March 17th.
The Irish community‘s yearly St. Patrick’s Day celebration falls on a Saturday this year, which means the party in Buenos Aires promises to be huge — weather permitting.
Before the festivities begin, terrorist victims from Buenos Aires’ Jewish community will be remembered with a wreath hanging ceremony at the parade’s starting point, on the corner of Arroyo and Suipacha Streets. The Israeli embassy once stood on this corner until it was obliterated in a 1992 terrorist attack. The city’s Irish contingency — who also came to Argentina to escape religious persecution — will honor their fellow immigrants to mark the tragedy’s 20th anniversary.
Afterwards, the Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations will continue as they do every year with a parade at 7:00 p.m. on the same corner. The green march of elves, leprechauns and fairies will end at Plaza San Martin, where there will be music and dance performances featuring Irish-flavored rock groups such as the Gaiteros Tartan Army, The Kilt, and Mac Manus, and Irish dance troupe, Celtic Argentina.
Afterward the party continues in local pubs such as Down Town Matías, Druid Inn, John John and The Kilkenny.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, March 17
6:00 p.m. — Gathering and wreath-laying ceremony, Arroyo and Suipacha Streets/Retiro
7:00 p.m — St. Paddy’s Day Parade beginning at Arroyo and Suipacha Streets
7:30 p.m.-through the evening — Celebration in Plaza San Martin/Ave. Santa Fe and Florida Street/Retiro
• Down Town Matias — Reconquista Street 701
• Druid Inn — Reconquista Street 1040
• John John — Reconquista Street 924
• The Kilkenny — Marcelo T. de Alvear 399