IT'S March 17- time to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 10.4 per cent of Australians claimed to have Irish ancestry in the 2011 census - and a third of those also traced their ancestry to at least one other culture.

For years, many Australians have come together on St Patrick's Day to celebrate Irish culture and remember St Patrick's life, and in Gladstone it is no different.

Dicey's Irish Bar and Restaurant is sure to be a popular choice today with the Dicey's breakfast and guinness pie from 9am, green beer, prizes and giveaways for best dressed, live music from 1pm and the UFC fight showing.

If you aren't sure how to celebrate here are a few ideas to get you excited about the day:

  •  Learn a little of the history of St Patrick's Day - the video with this story can help you get started.
  • Wear green. The great thing about this holiday is you are free to go as subtle or as wild as you like.
  • Accessorize with buttons, pins or jewelry. Buttons with clever sayings are always a winner.
  • Dying your hair bright green is a good way to stand out.
  • Eat traditional Irish food such as bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, stew or a Belfast breakfast and potatoes.
  • Play some Irish music.
  • Check out the bar scene. Most bars and pubs love St. Patrick's Day, you may find special prices on draft beer, food and cover charges.


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