Talk about the Party of the Year… if there is someone who knows how to throw a party in style, it has to be GUINNESS®!
Thousands of revelers turned Changkat Bukit Bintang into a sea of St Paddy’s Hats on Saturday evening to celebrate Malaysia’s and Asia’s largest GUINNESS® St. Patrick’s Celebration this year. The sixth installation of the GUINNESS® St. Patrick’s festival in Malaysia saw over 10,000 visitors, tourists and party goers alike celebrate the global festivity together with thousands of people around the world on the official St. Patrick’s Day on 17th March.
The Festival is the main event of the month long celebrations that saw thousands of Malaysians coming together and sharing ‘the laughter side of life’, the theme of the celebrations this year. The nationwide celebrations also spread fun and laughter to major cities around Malaysia including Penang, Johor Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuantan, Ipoh, Melaka, Kuching and Miri with over 20 parties throughout March.
Needless to say, I was a part of the crowd that night to join in the greenest party on earth hosted by GUINNESS®. I landed there around 7pm in the evening and the crowd has already begun to trickle in slowly. We walked around for some photos and some fun sights as the party-goers were already having a fabulous time with their pint of GUINNESS®!
After sometime, we headed over to the Arthur’s Lounge for ‘The GUINNESS®‘s Experience!’
In the Arthur’s Lounge, I get to pour the perfect pint of GUINNESS®! I managed to take a picture of Sid doing his perfect pour… it was indeed a cool experience as there is a specific way to ensure one gets the Perfect Pint of GUINNESS®!
From pouring the black gold liquid, we headed to the next lounge where we get our names inscribed into the infamous GUINNESS® glass! Check out the GUINNESS® Elves at work. So busy they are till they did not even look up for one moment for pictures… J
This is where it all started as we learnt about the GUINNESS® Timeline!
While our glasses were being worked on, we progressed to the next lounge to enjoy our pint of GUINNESS® and to savor some GUINNESS® infused canapés. Once our glass was ready, we collected it and headed out to enjoy the party outside. Truly a luxury experience!
While waiting for the party parade to begin, we munched on Mexican appetizers at Loco with other bloggers and media.
The parade marked the beginning of a night that would resound with the sounds of laughter. Immediately after the parade ended, the emcees took over, getting the crowd to call for “ol, ceol, craic”, which means “a great pint, good music and wonderful fun”. With plenty of GUINNESS® pints, Irish music, dances and roaming buskers and performances, these three things were not in short supply at the party.
The uproarious Irish celebration saw a crowd of hat-totting revelers celebrating in the true spirit of St. Patrick’s with hilarious stand-up comedians, live music performances, Irish dancers, street artists, funny green friends, and a carnival of fun games and activities. Also making their return were the GUINNESS® bikers who roared in at the head of the St. Patrick’s parade whipping the celebratory mood into frenzy. They were followed closely by colorful performers and numerous GUINNESS® St Patrick entertainers who wowed the crowds with their fancy movements and rhythmic beats.
“We are proud to have been able to reach another milestone with this year’s GUINNESS® St Patrick’s celebrations. The celebration has also proven to have a positive impact on our nation’s tourism with an influx of visitors from all over the region coming into the country for the biggest St Patrick’s celebration in Asia”, said Yap Swee Leng, Marketing Director of Guinness Anchor Berhad.
“It is incredible to see how the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Malaysia receives such tremendous support from the local and international community here. GUINNESS® has done a great job in bringing two of Ireland’s most popular exports together and keeping true to the spirit of the celebration. We are looking forward to what they have in store for us this year”, said His Excellency Declan Kelly, Irish Ambassador to Malaysia.
Glorious fireworks followed while more entertainment followed through the night!
As the party continues into the late night, GUINNESS® is always there to remind everyone to ‘Be Smart & Drink Sensibly!’
A Green Night to Remember… Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! J
But it doesn’t end there! The GUINNESS® St. Patrick’s celebration will continue until the end of the month. Make sure that you make a date with your friends and head on over to:-
1. The Social, Bangsar 22nd March 2012
2. Mount Austin, Johor Bharu 23rd March 2012
3. Ipoh Garden East, Ipoh 24th March 2012
4. Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching 24th March 2012
5. SOULed OUT, Sri Hartamas 22nd & 29th March 2012
6. Backyard, Sri Hartamas 29th March 2012
7. Jonker Street, Melaka 31st March 2012
8. Pelita Commercial Center, Miri 31st March 2012
So, be sure to gather your friends and loved ones, and drop by your favorite hang out spot for the rest of March. Look out for the iconic black, white and green decorations to enjoy pints of creamy GUINNESS® on special promotions. For more information about the GUINNESS® St Patrick’s 2012 celebrations and where to have so ‘March’ fun, be sure to connect with us at facebook.com/guinnessmalaysia or long on to www.stpatricks.com.my.
*Pictures without watermark are courtesy of GUINNESS®