One of the biggest celebrations of the year, St Patrick’s Day, is being celebrated across the globe this week and in keeping with modern tradition, hundreds of locations are set to go green. This year, 17 March, will mark the ninth year that the “global greening” initiative has been in place and according to Tourism Ireland, there are over 300 stadiums, statues, museums and towers that are ready to light up and don an emerald glow for the day.
London’s Trafalgar Square, Chimo the Polar Bear statue in Ontario and the San Mamés stadium in Bilbao – the home of Athletic Club Bilbao – will join the initiative for the first time in 2018 and for the first time since 2014, the Sydney Opera House will go green again.
Other new locations include the National Football Museum in Manchester, the Palais de l’Europe (the seat of the Council of Europe) in Strasbourg, Beaugrenelle shopping centre in Paris, the beautiful Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Königsbau building in Stuttgart, Uilenburgersjoel Amsterdam, the Yokohama Marine Tower in Japan, Pen Monument in Hanoi, the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, as well as Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square) in Tallinn.
Old favourites which have gone green in previous years include the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and the Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland in Paris, the Sky Tower in Auckland, Niagara Falls, and the London Eye.
“The St Patrick’s Day period provides a unique opportunity to promote Ireland on the international stage and to renew the strong bonds between Ireland, the global Irish abroad and our partners around the world,” Ireland’s Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD said.
More than 70 million people around the world claim links to Ireland and Tourism Ireland notes that the event offers them an opportunity to reconnect with their heritage.
“The eagerness of cities and countries everywhere to take part underlines the strength of the deep connection that people all over the world feel to Ireland,” Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said. “People across the world instantly identify St Patrick’s Day with the island of Ireland and that heightened profile allows us to put the Ireland holiday experience in the spotlight – from Sydney to San Francisco and from Rome to Rio de Janeiro.”
Below is a list of new landmarks that are going green on St. Patrick’s Day:
- Trafalgar Square fountains, London
- National Football Museum, Manchester
- Harbor Bridge, Corpus Christi
- Chimo the polar bear, Cochrane
- Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat
- Cochrane sign
- The Wawa Goose
- Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum), Vienna
- Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum), Vienna
- Town Hall, Dinant
- Onofrio Fountain, Dubrovnik
- Nimb Hotel, Copenhagen
- Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square), Tallinn
- Oulu Theatre and Harbour ice rink
- Beaugrenelle (shopping centre), Paris
- University of Angers – ESTHUA, Angers
- Secondary school, Châteaudun
- Hôtel de Ville, Royan
- Palais de l’Europe (seat of the Council of Europe), Strasbourg
- Königsbau, Stuttgart
- Torre del Moro, Orvieto
- SkyLounge Amsterdam
- Uilenburgersjoel Amsterdam
- DOT, Groningen
- Euromast, Rotterdam
- Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo
- Archaeological Museum, Poznań
- Bishop Jordan Bridge, Poznań
- Grand Theatre, Poznań
- Raczyński Library, Poznań
- City Hall, Toruń
- National Museum, Wroclaw
- Opera House, Wroclaw
- University of Wroclaw
- Glavna Pošta (main post office), Belgrade
- San Mamés stadium, Bilbao
- Tortosa town
- Catedral de Pedra de Canela, Canela, Rio Grande do Sul
- Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa
- Yokohama Marine Tower, Naka Ward, Yokohama
- Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City
- Glorieta de los Caballos, Guadalajara
- Parque Lineal Pablo Neruda, Guadalajara
- Parque Unidad Deportivo la Tucson, Guadalajara
United Arab Emirates
- Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai
- Pen Monument, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
You can see the full list that was announced by Tourism Ireland here.