Moscow Goes Green

Pub Crawl and a Parade

Sláinte! In an Irish pub, patrons toast each other with the phrase sláinte (pronounced “slaan-sha”) as they clink glasses of Guinness. Derived from the Old Irish adjective slán (which means “safe”), sláinte literally translates as “health” and is used as a stand-in for the more time-consuming “I drink to your health!” Try it out at a pub crawl of Moscow’s Irish drinking spots.

But keep your head clear enough to take part in the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade through Sokolniki Park. For more than 20 years, Moscow’s Irish community and Irish enthusiasts have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by participating in this famous parade. Put on all your green clothes and get your friend to draw a wonky shamrock on your cheek, and enjoy the music, dancing and carnival atmosphere. Musicians and dancers will lead the parade, which is expected to attract up to 15, 000 participants. It begins at noon on Sat. March 24, and you can get more information here.

Sokolniki Park. Metro Sokolniki. Sat. March 24 at noon.