On 17 March, we celebrate St Patrick's Day in Perth, and whether you're Irish or not, it's impossible to resist joining in the fun!
Naturally, most of the celebrations involve Irish pubs, but did you know that St Patrick's Day parades have been a huge tradition since the 18th century? St Patrick's Day weekend in Perth has both, so get ready to raise a glass and shake a shamrock in your best green outfit!
St Patrick's Day Traditions
According to Irish folklore, St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, introduced Christianity to the country, used the shamrock to teach people about the Holy Trinity and miraculously banished all snakes from the island.
St Patrick was born in the 5th century, so these stories have never been corroborated, but have become entrenched in Irish culture, with the celebration of St Patrick's Day on the anniversary of his death.
Traditionally, the Irish wear a bunch of shamrocks and dress in green to celebrate their heritage, attending ceremonies for the Blessing of the Shamrock. The more secular tradition of downing a few pints of Guinness is relatively recent, since pubs in Ireland remained closed on St Patrick's Day until the 1970s.
While parades were introduced in New York more than 250 years ago, the first parade in Ireland wasn't held until 1995. These parades have turned into full blown festivals, with lots of activities, entertainment and family fun.
St Patrick's Day in Perth will be celebrated across the whole weekend in 2019, with Irish pubs like Paddy Maguire's in Subiaco and Rosie O'Grady's in Fremantle likely to be packed to the rafters. Here are seven more places to join in the festivities.
St Patrick's Day Parade & Family Fun Day
Perth's St Patrick's Day WA Parade and Family Fun Day in Leederville is fast becoming a tradition. The event will take place between 10.00am and 6.00pm on Saturday 16 March.
Get there early for a good view of the green parade, starting in Newcastle Street and dancing along the main drag of Oxford Street, then Vincent Street to Leederville Oval. Keep an eye out for members of the Irish Setter Club, who will be there with their beautiful dogs.
The rest of the day is taken up with live music, Irish dancing, arts, craft and food stalls, and drinks on the Oval. Children will love the animal farm, bouncy castles, face painting, foam and bubble machines, obstacle courses and rolling around inside the giant Zorb Ball. Grown-ups might well end up at the bar for a glass or two of Guinness!
711 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Also in Leederville is award-winning Irish pub and steakhouse Fibber McGee's, a favourite spot to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Perth.
Indulge in a full Irish breakfast, Sunday roast, premium grass-fed steak, fresh fish or their popular steak and stout pie, and try the delicious home-made soda bread. Among the range of brews on tap are Guinness, Kilkenny and Irish cider, and there's a good list of bottled beers and wines.
Paddy's Day Weekend Hosted by JB O'Reilly's
99 Cambridge Street, West Leederville
In West Leederville, JB O'Reilly's Irish pub and restaurant will be celebrating all weekend, starting on Friday 15 March at 11.00am. Live music on Saturday includes the Craic N' On Irish duo at 3.30pm and Healy Reid party band at 7.30pm.
On Sunday, the pub opens at 8.00am - that's right, it's an early start for St Patrick's Day! A full Irish breakfast will be served with a pint or glass of bubbles, and you can enjoy Irish dancing and music throughout the day. Amongst others, Grand Remedy Irish band play at 12.00pm, and the Healy brothers return at 8.30pm.
Bookings for all meals are essential - call 9382 4555.
Paddy's Day Weekend at the Irish Club of WA
61 Townshend Road, Subiaco
For a truly Irish St Patricks's Day gathering, Perth's Irish Club invites you to join them for a weekend of celebrations. The Club will be open from midday on Saturday 16 March featuring Irish music from Tommy O'Brien and Craic 'N On.
On St Patrick's Day, book in for Irish breakfast with a pint, and tap your feet to more live music and Irish dancing. After midday, kids get a free lunch with each adult meal ordered. Call to book on 0430 023 610.
Drop into Paddy Maguire's Irish pub too if you're up for a stroll!
St Patrick's Day at Durty Nelly's Irish Pub
Shafto Lane, 397 Murray Street, Perth
Amazingly, Durty Nelly's was designed and constructed in Ireland, then disassembled and transported to Perth - a truly Irish pub!
On St Patrick's Day, this Perth city venue will start you off with breakfast, served with Guinness or Irish coffee, and fill the day with Irish music and dancing. Alongside the dark brew, Kilkenny ale and Magners Irish cider will be flowing.
Call 9226 0233 to book your breakfast.
St Patrick's Day at The Point Bar & Grill
306 Riverside Drive, East Perth
The chef has created a special menu for the day, featuring beef cheek with Irish mashed potatoes, traditional Irish bacon and cabbage, and Irish stew. Wash your meal down with a Guinness or Magners Irish cider, followed by an Irish coffee, and you'll be speaking with a strange accent by the end of the day!
Live music starts at midday, with the gorgeous Gang of Three getting you up and dancing between 5.00 and 9.00pm.
St Patrick's Day at Five6Eight Bar
22 Eastbrook Terrace, East Perth
With Irish, English and Scottish owners, no doubt there are plenty of jokes going around at this family friendly bar!
Five6Eight is a popular spot for Guinness drinkers, on the vibrant waterfront strip of East Perth. On St Patrick's Day, they will be serving up a full Irish breakfast with Guinness or Mimosa to rev you up, plus live music and entertainment from midday.
Bookings for breakfast or lunch are essential - call 9325 4341.