If you’re looking for something fun to do this March, why not book a flight or plan a road trip to one of the many cities that host St. Patrick’s Day festivities? In addition to places like Philadelphia, Cleveland, and St. Louis, the following cities are known for their exciting Irish celebrations.
St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday, so where else would you go but the city with the highest percentage of Irish ancestry? Every year, Beantown is home to the third-largest St. Patricks’ Day parade and a variety of other events including film festivals, concert series, pub crawls, and more.
Each St. Patrick’s Day, Chicagoans get into the holiday spirit by dying the entire Chicago River green (see the photo above). This comes after the huge downtown parade that draws more than 350,000 people from all over. You’ll also find cultural celebrations at the Irish American Heritage Center.
You may not think of Georgia when you think of St. Patrick’s day, but this charming city knows how to throw a party. Every year, it hosts one of the largest celebrations in the world, complete with a colorful parade and a festival featuring dozens of craft and food vendors. They even dye the famous Fountain in the Forsyth Park green.
Believe it or not, Steel City has a large population of Irish and has one of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the U.S. (begun in 1869). With a big parade, a party in Market Square, Irish dancers, and plenty of bar hopping, it’s no wonder people in Pittsburgh love celebrating this Irish holiday.
Kansas City, Missouri
In addition to a St. Patrick’s Day parade, Kansas City also holds a Snake Saturday Parade & Festival the Saturday before the Irish holiday. Between the two dates, you’ll find more parades, paloozas, breakfasts, music concerts, and even a traditional Gaelic Mass to keep you plenty busy.
New York City, New York
When it comes to holiday festivities, the Big Apple almost always makes the list and St. Patrick’s Day is no different. Here you’ll find one of the oldest celebrations (begun back in 1762) by Irish soldiers. The festivities draw more than three million people every year and includes a giant parade that lasts 5-6 hours.
Like Savannah, you probably don’t think of Phoenix when you think of St. Patrick’s Day, but the city hosts an annual festival with plenty of Irish spirit. The parade is filled with step dancers and floats while the fair afterwards features crafts, Celtic rock bands, pony rides, and plenty of green beer.
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