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The Best Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a widely celebrated holiday across America, for those of us who are Irish and those who are not. It's the day where anyone can flaunt their Irish spirit by dressing in as much green as possible and drinking copious amounts of green alcohol. We’ve rounded up the top St. Patrick's Day destinations across the United States because there’s nothing quite like an American celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.


Chicago boasts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world.  There are actually two parades, one held the Saturday before in downtown Chicago, and the other the Sunday before in the South Side of Chicago.   With a large Irish population and a reputation for wild holiday festivities, Chicago should be on everyone's St. Patty's bucket list.  The Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, people line the streets and watch as a boat drops 45 pounds of green dye into the river.  The river keeps its color for around six hours, so be sure not to miss it!

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Savannah is home to the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the US!  The celebrations extend for several days and are full of great food and music.  The historic waterfront turns into a big street party, attracting around half a million visitors. St. Patrick's Day is one of the most visited events in this small southern city.  The week before St. Patrick's Day, the city holds its Greening of the Fountain ceremony. The dying of the Forsyth Park Fountain signifies the start of the week-long celebration.

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You can’t go wrong visiting America’s most Irish city for St. Patrick’s Day.  Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations date back to 1737.  The city is home to the third largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States.  After viewing the parade, visitors flock to the Irish pubs.  Boston has more Irish pubs than any other city in the United States, some dating back to the 1800's.

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New York

New York City’s St. Patricks’s Day Parade dates back more than 250 years.  With more than 150,000 participants ranging from bagpipers to Irish step dancers, this parade draws over 2 million people.  If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, there are plenty of authentic Irish pubs that are flooded with green as well.  

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New Orleans

New Orleans is a great place to celebrate just about any holiday. The bustling party town has turned an Irish holiday into a weeklong celebration that celebrates multiple cultures.  In New Orleans, you will find block parties and parades starting on St. Joseph’s Day and continuing until Super Sunday.

On the closest Saturday to St. Patrick’s Day (March 10th this year), the Italian-Americans celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, the patron saint of Sicily.   Instead of green, the St. Joseph’s marchers wear red to celebrate their Italian heritage.  New Orleans’s holds the largest and most festive celebration of St. Joseph’s Day in the US.  

Just as the celebrations from St Patrick’s Day cease, Super Sunday comes into full swing. On this day, the Mardi Gras Indian tribes suit up and march down the streets performing colorful dances, chants, and other rituals. 

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