St Patricks Festival from a volunteer perspective

Last week, specifically on the 17th March, happened around the world the celebration of St Patrick’s Day. Here in Ireland as it was expected there were a lot events around the country. This article will be about the great experience of being a volunteer during the event.

The organization of the festival, opened the application around two months before the event. Everyone, Irish or Non – Irish, was welcome to joined the team. The application was through the website and after a couple of weeks the organization team contacted candidates.

The vacancies were in different roles, and the organization team was really opened to hear the volunteer preferences, they try to make all volunteer happy with your own role.


Be a volunteer during the Festival is also a good for English students considering that you can talk to Irish people all day, so it is a great opportunity to practice. Not only this, but also for those who needs references in Ireland, it is also great to know people and to show that you are responsible and that you are hard work. Besides that it is really fun be part of it.

The parade is the most expected event during the festival, considering the massive amount of people in the city waiting for the big day. The Parade kicked off the four day Festival of events and street theatre which took place around Dublin over from the 17th to 20th March. This year the day was beautiful and sunny and the energy was amazing, a lot of kids and families enjoying the event. According to the organization, over half a million (510,000) people turned out to enjoy this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival Parade. The themed “Imagine If…” brought to the street creativity ideas about the future. Close to 3,000 performers participated in this year’s Festival Parade.

St Patricks National Parade in Dublin 2016 / Jadh Gonzalez
St Patricks National Parade in Dublin 2016 / Jadh Gonzalez

So, if you are interested to be a part of the Festival next year, keep an eye on their official website. There are a couple of events around the year, and most of them needs volunteers. You can also find different volunteers positions in Ireland in Volunteer Ireland.

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