Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebration in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. The day of celebration marks the day of Saint Patrick’s death, originally the event was meant to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

It has evolved into a mostly cultural celebration of Irish heritage marked with a day of drinking, green clothing, and Irish-themed parades. Large-scale St Patrick’s day celebrations have become a tradition in many cities around the world, but have only gained popularity in Prague in recent years.

The main parade will take place on Tuesday, March 17 from Hybernská Street (meeting time 2.30 pm/start 3 pm) around the city center through Old Town Square, Národní třída and Wenceslas Square and back to Hybernská Street.

Charles University’s Kampus Hybernská on March 17 will host Irish themed workshops, as well as a Jameson degustation. There is no better place for you and your friends this St. Pat’s Day and no more appropriate venue, Hybernia, after all, is Latin for Ireland. Lisa McInerney will have a reading there on March 16.

Celebrations will culminate during the weekend. Visitors can look forward to cultural and gastronomic experiences in the center of Prague and surrounding districts. The richest program is planned on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March at MeetFactory in Smíchov.

Several Irish Pubs around the city celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Some of them even for the whole weekend and beyond! One of our top picks – along with Becketts Irish Pub – is James Joyce Irish Pub. The special thing about the latter? It was the pub which, on November 5th, 1993, poured the first pint of draught Guinness in the Czech Republic.

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