Although the number of Irish makes up only a tiny minority in Singapore, that doesn’t mean St. Patrick’s Day goes uncelebrated in this tropical island city state. Grab your green, your leprechaun, your four leaf clover or an Irish friend and come partake in the fun. Here are some of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities occurring in Singapore – sure to give you a whale of a time.
St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
14-16 March 2014
Since Singapore is made up of a diverse population of people, locals and expats from other international communities gather with the local Irish population to celebrate and take part in this festival. Circular Road in Singapore will be closed down in order to accommodate the festivities. The closest metro stop is Clark Quay. The festival brings together a host of musicians, dancers and artists to display the rich culture, heritage, and talent of Ireland.
Bands and Entertainers at the Street Festival
The St. Patrick’s Day Festival lineup of bands and performers is varied and includes: The Dunleavey’s (featuring Brian Mooney), the Irish Inspirational Dancers, the Rogues, the Disclaimers, the Cans, the Sessionistas, the Blackberries, and the Craic Horse.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
What St. Patrick’s Day is complete without a parade? Well, here in Singapore, the parade takes place on Sunday, 16 March outside the Asian Civilization Museum close to the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles at 3:30 pm. Come early to get good viewing spots. After the parade, the annual street party commences at 5 pm with entertainment and drinks.
The festival will also have roving magicians, face painting, roving props and photography, and balloonists.
While there are over a handful of Irish pubs in Singapore, Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Brasserie, at 56 Circular Road, is located right in the midst of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Molly Malone’s doesn’t just tout an Irish sounding name. The pub was actually designed and built in Ireland, shipped to Singapore and reassembled! How’s that for a bit o’ Irish in Singapore? Besides lots of good ale and food, the pub will have late night music, from 10 pm, all St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Mogambo Bar at 3 Canton Street, Boat Quay, will have $15 Guinness and Heineken all day Saturday and Sunday to help quench the thirst of festival goers.