Weekend Plans? St Patrick’s Day Parade, The Gentlemen, Dune: Part 2 and an Irish Wish

Struggling with your St Patrick’s Day plans this weekend? We have you covered whether you’re going out or staying in.

Lindsay Lohan as Maddie Kelly in the movie Irish Wish, standing beside a bus
Irish Wish, Lindsay Lohan as Maddie Kelly (Patrick Redmond/Netflix) (Patrick Redmond / Netflix )
St Patrick’s Day Parade, Belfast City Centre – March 17

Enjoy a dazzling display of costumes, music, dance and theatrical performances which will bring the streets of Belfast alive as the annual parade weaves through the city centre.

Happy St Patrick's Day from the Irish News
Happy St Patrick's Day from the Irish News

The theme of this year’s parade is ‘People, Place and Planet’ and will see dance troupes, schools, community groups and musicians join a cavalcade of colourful floats and circus performers in the free multi-cultural, cross-community celebration.

Paddy Young, Hungry, Horny, Scared, Limelight 2 Belfast – March 15

Join Scarborough comedian Paddy Young for a night filled with laughs as he discusses everything from the trauma of flat shares to certain historical figures experiencing a come down at an after party. This hour-long comedy show is part of Young’s UK tour and as he is tipped as “one of the most exciting new up and coming comics on the circuit” according to fellow comedian Joe Lycett you don’t want to miss him on his rise to comedy stardom.

Catch 'Hungry, Horney, Scared' at Limelight 2 on March 15
Catch 'Hungry, Horny, Scared' at Limelight 2 on March 15
St Patrick’s Music Weekend, across Belfast, March 15 – 17

Belfast TradFest will be delivering a St Patrick’s Music Weekend as part of the overall St Patrick’s Celebrations.

Hosting a packed programme of traditional arts encompassing a diverse, cross cultural and cross traditions celebration in honour of St Patrick.

The range of free and ticketed events celebrate the very best of our traditional arts and include concerts, céilís, displays, taster sessions and workshops.

An Officer and a Gentleman - The Musical, The Grand Opera House Belfast – March 15 & 16

The enormous box office success of the 1980s is coming to a stage near you. Experience the emotional journey of Zack Mayo (Luke Baker), a fearless young officer candidate, and the captivating Paula Pokrifki (Georgia Lennon), whose fiery spirit matches his own. Their encounters ignite a spark that transcends boundaries, awakening a passionate love that defies the odds.

St Patrick’s Day Céilí, Europa Hotel Belfast, March 17

Suitable for everyone, this green themed céilí on St Patrick’s Day is for everyone, whether you’re a total newcomer to Irish dancing, or an experienced feisanna champion.

South Belfast Irish Dancing for Adults (SBIDA) have been running céilís across Ireland for years and pride themselves on ensuring they provide guests with huge levels of fun, whilst also raising money for an incredibly worthwhile cause (Motor Neurone Disease Association).

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With great live music, they’ll call the dances – you just show up, get stuck in and enjoy.

Irish Wish, Netflix – available from March 15

Lindsay Lohan stars in this feel good romcom set in the emerald isle. When the love of her life gets engaged to her best friend Maddie Kelly (Lohan) put her feelings aside to be a bridesmaid at their wedding in Ireland. Days before the wedding Maddie makes a spontaneous wish for true love, only to wake up as the bride-to-be.

The Gentlemen, Netflix – all episodes available now

From the mind behind the movie Guy Ritchie brings us an eight-episode of aristocratic chaos. When Eddie Halstead (Theo James) inherits the family estate he discovers that it’s home to an enormous weed empire and its proprietors aren’t going anywhere.

Dune: Part 2 – In cinemas now

Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) unites with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, he must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

Ricky Stanicky, Prime Video – available now

Ricky Stanicky is an imaginary person that three friends created to blame all their wrongdoings on. Years later, their partners are desperate to meet the man himself. So, the men hire a washed-up actor to bring him to life and they immediately regret it.