Ireland launches St. Patrick's festival program

Ireland on Wednesday announced the launch of this year's St. Patrick's festival program, which will take place from March 17 to 20.

The program includes a selection of music, dance, performance art, street theater and film to ensure the festival's reputation as a world-famous event continues to grow.

The line-up of events and street theater will showcase Ireland both domestically and internationally, creating a carnival atmosphere across the capital, according to festival organizers.

"The St. Patrick's Festival has developed into a major attraction, which provides us with the chance to showcase our own culture and talents and promote all that is great about Ireland, on an international stage," said Paschal Donohoe, minister for transport, tourism and sport, when launching the festival program.

"With more than 100,000 overseas visitors coming to Ireland to help us celebrate our national day, the festival kicks off the tourist season in a most spectacular way. Generating an estimated 73 million euros (81 million U.S. dollars) in additional revenue for the country, the impact of this key tourism attraction is significant," Donohoe said.

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