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Where will you be this March 17? Ireland's saint St Patrick gave his name to what is arguably one of the most popular saints' days in the world and where better to celebrate St Patrick's Day than Dublin?. Here's a quick history lesson... St Patrick was a 5th century bishop and Christian missionary. He was captured by pirates at the age of 16 and spent several years as a slave in Ireland, during which time he converted to Christianity. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland as a missionary and was responsible for wide-spread conversions to Christianity. Legend has it, he was responsible for ridding Ireland of all its snakes, though evidence suggests there were no snakes in Ireland anyway. St Patrick's Day celebrates the date of his death – March 17. Dublin will turn green for the St Patrick's Day Festival (March 14-March 17) which promises to be an “action-packed, Celtic fiesta” which will span four days of pageantry and fun. The theme of this year's festival is “Let's Make History”, drawing on the past as its inspiration. Attractions include street theatre, outdoor concerts, comedy shows and music sessions in the city's pubs. St Patrick's Day Parade - the main event The main event is a St Patrick's Day parade, which will feature hundreds of floats and marching bands and it takes place on Monday March 17, beginning at mid-day from Parnell Square. The parade route will take the floats down O'Connell Street and over the bridge before heading up Dame Street and past Christchurch Cathedral. It will finish (fittingly enough) just past St Patrick's Cathedral. Festival Ceili Apart from the parade, there are a number of other activities taking place over the weekend to make the event. The four-day festival will start with the Festival Ceili at St Stephen's Green on Friday 14 March at 4.30pm. This is a unique outdoor ceilidh and everyone can join in the celebration of traditional Irish dance. Festival Treasure Hunt Then, on the Saturday, there is the Festival Treasure Hunt. If you are new to Dublin, this is an excellent way to learn more about this beautiful city and all of its landmark building and venues. The Festival Big Day Out is held on the Sunday in Georgian Dublin and here you will see street performances, open air shows, music, workshops and much more. Festival Road Race & Family Fun Run If you are something of a fitness fan, then the St Patrick's Festival Road Race and Family Fun Run also takes place on the Sunday. The race is 5k long and you can enter in advance here (you can enter on the day, but it is a little more expensive to do so). We think you'll agree that Dublin is definitely the place to celebrate St Patrick's Day this year and here at the Sandymount Hotel, we offer regular packages where you can bag yourself a bargain break. Check out our main website to find out more and book today to avoid disappointment.