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posted on February 20, 2015

St. Patrick's Day is now less than a month away and the green clothes are popping up everywhere in stores to replace all the pink and red of Valentine's Day. St. Patrick's Day is a fun-filled day of cheer, parades, and a little green beer, so why not go all out this year and travel to one of the top St. Patrick's Day destinations? Here are some cities that offer the best St. Patrick's Day parades and celebrations:

New York

New York offers a great St. Patrick's Day parade filled with Irish kilts and sporrans, bagpipes, step dancers, firefighters, cops, school bands, and the focus of 200,000 marchers. The massive parade first began 14 years before the Declaration of Independence in 1762 and still follows the same route along 5th avenue today. The streets around the parade are just as fun as the parade itself, filled with people mingling in and out of bars and pubs that open their doors at 11:00 a.m., including the traditional Irish McSorley's Old Ale House. Or catch a glimpse of the parade while taking part in the tradition of the pub crawl with St. Paddy's PubCrawl.


What could be better than a green beer on St. Patrick's Day? A green river! St. Patty's day in Chicago starts off with a bang, as crowds gather on the riverbank to watch the river be dyed a bright emerald green. Afterwards, there is a huge parade complete with bag pipes, Clydesdales, marching bands, and Irish Dance troupes. This eventually develops into one large street party with multiple Irish pubs and bars around to visit.


With the second largest parade in the world, Savannah is no disappointment on St. Patrick's Day. People fill the Savannah parks with tables and chairs, setting up tailgating parties on every inch. The entire city is draped in green, from fountains spew green water and pets don their green dyed coats.   When the sun goes down, visit the many Irish pubs to continue celebrating, including Kevin Barry's that offers drinks and late night food as well as Irish folk to end your St. Patty's Day.

Dublin, Ireland

For a real Irish experience on your St. Patrick's Day, visit the heart of the action in Dublin, Ireland. The Dublin parade beats out any other, with vibrantly colorful floats, costumes, and musical performances. Learn about the history of Ireland and St. Patrick through songs and skits. The parade forms a festival that spreads across the entire weekend that includes films, music, comedy, sports, and Gaelic-language events. Along with the festivities are endless pubs and bars to enjoy traditional Irish beer and lagers.

Whether you're Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day can be an excuse to wear some of your green clothes, but more importantly to have some fun with your friends and family! 

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