St Patricks Day Celebrations

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.

2013 NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade
2013 NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade


Boston, Massachusetts

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.

Bostons St Patricks Day Parade
Bostons St Patricks Day Parade

Chicago, Illinois


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.

Savannah, Georgia


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.

Budweiser Wagon
Budweiser Wagon

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.

 Photo by John Zimmerman
Photo by John Zimmerman

Dublin, Ireland

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.

Birmingham, England

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?


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