Green shamrocks are expected all over Hong Kong in March as the Irish embassy holds its inaugural Irish Festival in town – also a first in Asia.

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St Patrick’s Day – the national holiday of Ireland on March 17 – will be take place on March 13, where at least 28 groups, including the Hong Kong Police Band, will be marching in the signature green from Central Pier to Tamar Park in Admiralty to celebrate the Ireland’s big day.

“All global cities have their Irish festival, such as New York, Sydney and Berlin,” said Peter Ryan, Consul General of Ireland in Hong Kong, on Monday.

“We think it is a good time for Hong Kong, a global city, to have one.”

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The huge success of the city’s inaugural St Patrick’s Parade in Admiralty last year encouraged the consulate to take things a step further, said Ryan, and he hoped to bring Irish culture to Hongkongers via a series of events running throughout March into early April with the help of the locally based Irish businesses and cultural groups, as well as the schools.

The embassy will collaborate with the Hong Kong International Film Festival to show a programme of Irish films, while hundreds of Irish traditional products would be sold in the citywide supermarkets.

Ireland set up its first embassy in Hong Kong two years ago.

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