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Every 17 March it seems like the whole world's Irish just in time to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Maybe not the whole world, but at least 60 million claim to be Irish or to have Irish blood running through their veins. So here we go again, as Barcelona does jigs and reels in silly hats and drinks as much Guinness and whiskey as possible.
Of course you can nip in to any of the Irish pubs in town (see below), where there's sure to be a party complete with tricolour decorations, and a distinct lack of snakes. Also getting in on the fun are Hard Rock Café, with Irish dancing and DJ sets, as well as a special menu available all week; That Comedy Show Barcelona hosts a stand-up show on Friday night featuring Irish comedian Donnchadht Tiernan and live music from The Stereotypes; and at the Espai Jove La Fontana in Gràcia they're treating you to a Saint Patrick's Day Festival with the Orquestra Celta de Barcelona, Trobar de Morte pagan folk, Fletcher Anderson's Irish dancing, and harpist Josep Maria Ribelles (Fri 17, 8pm; donations accepted).
The big outdoor party will be on Saturday 18 in the pedestrian street of C/ Numància, above Diagonal, where you'll find all kinds of activities, from a pure Irish style pub quiz to prize draws for English courses in Dublin or trips to Ireland and the Costa Brava.
The line-up for the party on Saturday, March 18:
11am-11.30am: Welcome and fun with Elfa Failynn, storytelling and Celtic cakes, and face painting inspired by Celtic mythology.
11.30am-12.25pm: Celtic bagpipes with 'tabalers' drummers from Les Corts and the City of Barcelona Pipe Band.
12.20pm- 2.30pm: Interactive show 'It's Saint Patrick's Day!' with live Irish music and dancing from Delorgan and Nancy Whiskey.
2pm-2.30pm: Everyone's welcome to join in on the ceilidh dance with the Dance Master calling out the steps.
3.30pm-4.30pm: Stories with Elfa Failynn.
4.30pm: Celtic chocolate feast.
4.30pm-5.30pm: Concert and Irish dancing. Later the party carries on in Kitty O'Shea's, with top rugby.
1am: Rugby: France vs England.