Best Cities for Saint Patrick’s Day Parades and Celebrations

Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day

The Chicago River - Photo: Associated Press

While we are firm believers that you can have a fantastic Saint Patrick’s Day no matter where you are, some cities really know how to go above and beyond on March 17th.

If you are looking to travel this Saint Patrick’s Day but can’t quite afford a ticket to Dublin, we recommend checking out one of these five U.S. cities – all of which have great Saint Patrick’s Day Parades:

New York, NY
New York boasts America’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade (it usually draws over 2 million!) and the city is rich with Irish-American history. Try to stop by McSorley’s Old Ale House, a great Irish pub which looks much the same as it did in the mid-1800s.

Boston, MA
It’s hard to think of an American city that’s more “Irish” than Boston. Boston was the first American city to host a Saint Patrick’s Day parade and it really is one of the best!

Chicago, IL
For forty-plus years Chicagoans have celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day by dyeing the Chicago River emerald green. Some claim that this tradition began after a plumbing accident though others believe it was intentional. Either way you have to see it to believe it!

Savannah, GA
It may seem surprising that the Southern town of Savannah, GA hosts one of the biggest and most enthusiastic Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in all of the U.S., but this parade has been running strong since 1825. Taking a cue from Chicago, Savannah celebrates by dyeing the water in its city fountains green. They also do the same to their grits!

San Francisco, CA
The biggest Saint Patrick’s Day celebration on the West coast takes place in San Francisco, a city that certainly knows how to have a good time. The city even offers some free taxi service to help make sure that you get home safe. How considerate!

What great celebrations did we miss?

Happy (early) Saint Patrick’s Day everyone!

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