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10th Mar 2021

Snake hunts and Irish movies: how to celebrate Paddy’s Day without the parade

Melissa Carton

It can still be a day of celebration.

Last month it was announced that the St Patrick’s Day parade which is usually attended by thousands of people will be cancelled amid coronavirus concerns for a second year.

While the decision is very understandable we are also sad that we won’t be able to head out as a family but just because the parade isn’t going ahead doesn’t mean that the show can’t go on.

Below is a list of fun activities you can do at home with the kids to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and who knows they might be even more fun than heading to town.

Making Shamrock and Irish themed treats

Kids love baking so why not break out the cookie mix and green icing to create all sorts of St Patrick’s Day themed treats.

From shamrocks to horseshoes, or if you’re really skilled with the icing little leprechauns, it will be hours of fun, and even better you get to eat them afterwards.

You could even add some green food colouring to milk so you can have Paddy’s Day milk to go with your Paddy’s Day cookies.

Watching Irish movies

Whether it’s modern day adventures like The Secret of Kells or Song of the Sea, or maybe a classic like Darby O’Gill (if you can brave the banshee), there’s no end of incredibly Irish films to get stuck into next Tuesday.

If you have older kids you could even do a TV marathon with Derry Girls and Moone Boy (especially the Paddy’s Day episode).

Snake hunt

A Paddy’s Day take on the traditional Easter Egg hunt, why not have a snake hunt around the house (or garden if the weather is nice) with pretend snakes instead of eggs.

You can make fake snakes with pipe cleaners or even draw them on cardboard and then let the kids go wild collecting them so they can banish them just like St Patrick did.

Then at the end have a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow (might need to break out the craft kit again) filled with delicious chocolate coins.