Auckland to celebrate a week of St Patrick's festivities

Auckland is preparing for a week-long celebration of the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick, kicking off on Sunday 5 March with an Irish Fair Day, and culminating in the hallmark Parade and Irish Music and Dance Festival on Sunday 12 March. With even more entertainment, food vendors and kids activities, the 2017 Festival promises to be bigger and better -  and revellers of all backgrounds encouraged to join the fun!
Hugh Green Group St Patrick’s Parade will paint Ponsonby Road green from 12pm to 1pm on Sunday 12 March, as a vibrant collection of musicians, dancers, bands, floats and leprechauns gambol towards Western Park. From 11am to 5pm the lush park will play host to the bustling Hugh Green Group Irish Music & Dance Festival, showcasing all things Irish with traditional music, dance and costumes, plus tasty fare on site.
To prepare for the festival, an Irish Fair Day will be hosted from 11am to 5pm at the Auckland Irish Club on Sunday 5 March at Rocky Nook Ave, Morningside, featuring arts and crafts, food, activities for the kids, music and a buzzing atmosphere.
St Patrick’s Festival Events

Sunday 5 March 2017: Irish Fair Day, Rocky Nook Ave, Morningside
Friday 10 March 2017: Emerald Ball in aid of Mercy Hospice, Pullman Hotel
Saturday 11 March 2017: NZ GAA Championship, Seddon Fields, Western Springs
Sunday 12 March 2017: Hugh Green Group St Patrick’s Parade, Ponsonby Rd - 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Hugh Green Group St Patrick’s Irish Music and Dance Festival, Western Park - 11.00am to 5.00pm