When you think about St. Patrick’s Day, you probably think about wearing green, four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, and the Irish. Even if you’re not Irish, it can be a fun day to celebrate and many cities host large parades or other unique events. If you are looking for the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here are some of our top picks:
- Kansas City, MO: St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have been going on since 1873 and this city does it big. The day starts with a Gaelic Mass and then hosts a famous St. Patrick’s Day parade, complete with a bagpiper. The streets fill with floats, bands, and other crowd-pleasing entertainment.
- Dublin, OH: Being one of the ten cities in the U.S. named Dublin, it’s expected to celebrate big on St. Patrick’s Day. The city puts on a mile-long parade with over 100 floats, bands, bagpipers, and a Grand Leprechaun. Keep in mind: the celebration is usually held around March 12, a few days ahead of the holiday.
- Savannah, GA: This southern city has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since 1813 and goes big. The city boasts a 3-hour parade, dyed-green fountains, and crowds over 400,000. If you plan ahead of time, you can get a Historic District hotel room facing the parade route.
- New York, NY: Around 2 million people attend the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, an event which began in 1762. The parade begins at 44th Street and winds its way throughout the city, lasting between 5 to 6 hours. It’s led by a military unit and is a foot-powered parade – no cars or floats allowed.
- Chicago, IL: The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1843, and then in the 1960s the city started dying the Chicago River a bright Kelly green. The parade is often held a few days before St. Patrick’s Day and is full of floats and Irish dancers. For a small fee, you can sponsor the parade and enjoy a seat in the Parade Grandstand.
- Boston, MA: Nearly a quarter of Massachusetts’ residents claim Irish ancestry, making it the nation’s most Irish state. Since 1901, South Boston has been home to the city’s parade with thousands of marchers, floats, and of course, bagpipers. The Boston parade attracts over 850,000 attendees each year, so be sure to book early if you are planning a trip.
Almost every city has some way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day: parades, concerts, and other festive events. So, if you’re not traveling to one of these cities this year, you can still put on your green and celebrate with your friends. Slainte!