St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Are you planning a getaway to celebrate? Here are five suggestions for U.S. cities that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style.
Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is well known around the country, and for good reason. Bostonians start the party a week before St. Patrick’s Day (and sometimes earlier than that). In addition to the popular St. Patrick’s Day parade, Boston also hosts food and drink events throughout the week, including the Gaelic Gourmet Gala, which brings together top chefs from Ireland and Boston.
Chicagoans kick off their St. Patrick’s Day celebration by dyeing the Chicago River bright green – an impressive sight, to be sure. Crowds flock to Columbus Drive on St. Patrick’s Day to watch the annual parade featuring traditional bands, intricate floats, Irish dancers and more. After the parade, revelers head to downtown restaurants and bars for Irish-themed dinners, drink specials and competitions.
The historic New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade dates back to 1762 and draws crowds of well over 1 million revelers. Replete with green beer, marching bagpipers, and well over 100,000 costumed parade participants marching or atop green and white floats, the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade is certainly an experience. The city’s restaurants and bars come alive on St. Patrick’s Day, too, with special dinners and events.
Irish culture is alive and well in St. Paul, MN and never more so than the week of St. Patrick’s Day. The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade begins in downtown St. Paul, and ends in Rice Park (a lovely urban park and city landmark). Unique events, such as the Worst Irish Tenor Contest (yes, exactly what it sounds like) and the Irish Music and Dance Association’s annual cultural celebration, add to the festivities. O’Gara’s (a St. Paul Irish Bar) also hosts a variety of events throughout the week.
The nation’s capitol takes a unique approach to St. Patrick’s Day with its Shamrock Festival at the RFK Stadium. This all-day event features over 50 Irish bands, dancers, traditional games and other activities for all ages. It typically takes place the day before the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Erin go bragh!