How Will You Spend St Patrick’s Day 2019 In Brighton?
If you’ve lived in the Brighton and Hove area for quite some time then you may be surprised to learn that the region actually has a very small population of Irish people (including people with Irish heritage). According to the 2011 Brighton census via https://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities/brighton-population/, just 1.38% of the population is white Irish.
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The reason this may come as a shock is that Brighton is renowned for its St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The day is one that many look forward to because they know that they’ll be in for a brilliant time if they’re celebrating the saint’s day in the city! And although St Patrick’s Day 2019 is still quite a few months away, with events of this magnitude it’s always good to prepare.
Why Do So Many People in Brighton Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
Given that so few Irish people live in Brighton, you may be wondering why so many celebrate it. Is it just down to the phenomenally good parties the city is known for hosting? Partly but that’s not the entire reason.
A lot of it comes down to how Irish culture is so popular around the world and how it is used in media. Slot games like Rainbow Jackpots at https://games.paddypower.com/game/rainbow-jackpots-grt have taught people about Irish myths such as little green leprechauns with pots of gold at the end of rainbows. The fact that that same Rainbow Jackpots slot also features pints of beer as symbols may also leave players feeling thirsty – hence why they head down the pub to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
Meanwhile, Disney’s The Luck of the Irish and dramatic romance film Brooklyn also teach people about Irish culture, making them familiar with the idea of lucky, four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, pots of gold and the incredible accents. Each piece of media may only make a small difference but it’s enough that Irish culture is now well known.
Where to Go to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Brighton
Now, it’s time to decide where you’ll go to celebrate! One place that is especially popular on St Patrick’s Day is the annual street party held by Fiddler’s Elbow Pub. Ending at midnight, the party is a must-visit every year for good fun and great Guinness. The pub itself jokes that it treats every day like St Patrick’s Day so it’s worth visiting year round.
Other pubs which hold great parties include the Freemasons Tavern pub whose website is available at https://www.freemasons.pub and which, in 2018, had its very own St Patrick’s Day menu as well as a St Patrick’s Day shot and cocktail list. The Globe even chose to serve an Irish-themed roast dinner and decked the place out with Irish-themed decorations.
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However, celebrating St Patrick’s Day is more than just showing up and having a good time! You also have to look the part. So put on your best green outfit and dance the night away. You could pick up a nice pair of green trousers (practical and you can wear them throughout the year) or get some temporary green hair dye and some glitter hair gel if you’d like to go all out.
Now, all that’s left to do is mark your calendar