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Experience a European Festival

9th October 2012

The Escape Travel Europe Early Bird Sale is now on. Valid for travel between February 1 and May 31, we’ve negotiated fantastic airfares from five Australian capitals to many popular cities in Europe. These great deals with Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines expire on November 26; so it’s important to start planning.

Given the travel dates, here at Escape Travel we thought we’d spotlight five exciting events held in Europe between February and May next year. That way you can coordinate your holiday when the locals are also in party mode.

Here are our favourite European events.

Ireland St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day, Dublin
There’s nothing quite like celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the Irish capital. Over one million enthusiasts cheer on the colour and spectacle of the annual parade; as the floats make their way through the streets of Dublin. After the formal celebrations, continue with a bit of Irish craic by heading to the nearest bar and raising a pint of Guinness to Ireland’s patron saint.

Cannes Film Festival, Cannes
The glitz, the glamour, the red carpet… The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film events on the calendar and regularly attracts the biggest names in the world today. The entire city glows with excitement. While you’re in the region, consider exploring the rest of the famed Cote d’Azur including the beautiful towns of Antibes and St Tropez.

Chelsea Flower Show, London
Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, the Chelsea Flower Show receives around 150,000 admirers each year. This is the perfect event for lovers of everything flora and is held in the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London. Also check out the Charity Gala Preview where you can mix with other like-minded horticultural enthusiasts.

Birth of Rome, Rome
According to legend, Rome was founded by Romulus in April 753 BCE. To mark this significant date the Romans organise fantastic celebrations in the Italian capital – and we all know the phrase - when in Rome, do as the Romans do – so travellers are welcome to join in the festivities. There are parades, re-enactments and general merriment.

Queen’s Day, Amsterdam
The Dutch celebrate their monarch with pomp and pageantry. Thousands of colourful boats form a flotilla and move through the canals to the delight of onlookers. After the water-bound parade, head to one of the public squares and bop along to the latest beats courtesy of local DJs. To get into the spirit, wear orange, the traditional colour showing support for the Dutch royal family.