According tot the National Geographic book Four Seasons of Travel these top 10 places are the spot to be on St Patricks day!
Where will you be?
New York City, New York
The six-hour long parade attracts nearly 2million people annually. Led by a military unit, a foot-power only procession (no cars or floats allowed) starts at 44th Street and ends at Fifth Ave.
South Boston is St. Patrick’s Day central! Since 1901, “Southie” has hosted the parade, which is held on the Sunday closest to March 17th.
Chicago has a tradition of turning the Chicago River Green with 18kg of EPA-approved dye; the perfect kelly green. the St. Patrick’s parade begins at noon (always on a Saturday) full of bagpipers, horses and high-stepping colleens leading the way.
The first city in Georgia has been hosting St Patrick’s Day festivities since 1813. This 3 hour rolling street party is held on March 17, unless the 17th falls on a Sunday, then it is held on Saturday.
Montserrat, West Indies
The first Irish on this “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean” were former indentured servants fleeing religious persecution from neighboring islands in the 1600s.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Neither rain nor snow has ever canceled the Montreal St. Patrick’s Parade. Run consecutively since 1824, the three-hour processional of floats, bands, and costumed characters is traditionally held on the Sunday closest to March 17.
Half a million spectators line the 1.6 mile route of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Festival. This is a four-day celebration of Irish culture and craic (good fun). The signature March 17 parade kicks off at noon from Parnell Square, continuing past Trinity College to the end point near St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
On the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day, the UK’s largest St. Patrick’s parade roars through Digbeth, Birmingham’s postindustrial Irish Quarter. Packed pubs line the route and the dress code trends emerald green, but the passing floats, dancers, and drum corps increasingly reflect the city’s cultural diversity.
Cabo Roig, Spain
Spain’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade is hosted at Cabo Roig. The parade is filled with marching bands, motorbikes, and irish dignitaries.
Auckland, New Zealand
The worlds first St. Patrick’s Day celebrations each year is hosted by New Zealands largest city. The cities heritage is Irish and the celebration includes a parade, afleadh (dance and music fest), and lighting the 1,076 foot Sky Tower Kelly Green.
Where are you going for St. Patricks Day? Any big plans?