The luck o’ the Irish is especially strong on Saint Patrick’s Day! Green beer is forever flowing, pubs and taverns are turning out delicious Irish fares, and everyone is donning their best green attire!
All across the U.S., cities are getting ready to celebrate the holiday! Some cities, however, go all out and make it a multiple day affair. Here’s a list of the top five cities that know how to party on Saint Patrick’s Day.
New York, New York
The Big Apple takes the cake for the largest party observed on Saint Patrick’s Day! This all-foot procession is not one to miss. It begins just south of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and travels north on Fifth Avenue. Millions of spectators come out and sport their green-and-gold attire, while watching marching bands, performers, and local groups and organizations make their way through Manhattan.
The NYC parade is the largest and most historic St. Paddy’s parade to date. It was formed in 1762 by Irish soldiers of the British army to honor the Feast of Saint Patrick.
Georgia’s first city rocks out for St. Paddy’s Day. Savannah’s famous River Street and City Market transforms into a concert hall, where event-goers can jam to local artists and Irish pipe bands. The festival also provides plenty of beer, food, and merchandise vendors.
The St. Paddy’s parade takes place in historic downtown Savannah. Watch colorful floats and dance groups make their way through the city’s most prominent streets, Abercorn and Bay. Emmet Park’s Tara Feis (festival) is a family-friendly event, offering magic shows, puppetry arts, storytellers, and musical performances to all in attendance. Savannah may be known as one of the spookiest cities in the U.S., but it’s also known to party – especially on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Beer and Boston are like two peas in a pod; they just go together. Breweries around the Boston Harbor often hold special events for the holidays, including St. Patrick’s Day. The parade attracts close to a million onlookers, and features magical looking floats and traditional Irish music and dancing. After the event, spectators are encouraged to explore Boston’s taverns and pubs, or take a self-guided tour along the Irish Heritage Trail.
Is Chicago the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz? Well, it might as well be on Saint Patrick’s Day! Over the last half century, the Chicago River has been turning emerald green - possibly the work of mischievous leprechauns? It’s a local tradition that many enjoy and is worth the trip. The dye doesn’t last long though, only about five hours - so make sure you get there early before it disappears!
Following the coloring of the river is the parade. The route begins on Columbus Drive and travels through Grant Park. Chicago neighborhoods are also celebrating the day with their own planned events. Be sure to check out the South Side Irish Parade, the Northwest Side Irish Parade, and the St. Patrick’s Day festival at the Irish American Heritage Center.
The Valley is the place you want to be for celebrating St. Paddy’s Day. Jam to Celtic rock music and view classic Irish step dancing at the Musical Instrument Museum’s Experience Ireland event. People of all ages love The St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire. It's a great festival to learn about Irish culture and it has a kids' zone.
Just like the parade, the annual “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” run has a huge turnout. There’s a race suitable for everyone, from athletes to leisurely walkers. The Irish K run is kid-friendly as well as pet-friendly.
Fountain Hills’ largest fountain magically turns shamrock green prior to St. Patrick’s Day. Vendors at the event supply customary Irish food and beer for the occasion. For the 21 and up crowd, Wigman resort will be serving whiskey samples at their Paddy-O-Party and Fate Brewing Company will have beer and a raffle at their Fate of the Irish bash.