4 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
March is well under way, which can only mean one thing… it’s almost St Patrick’s Day! Originally celebrated by the Irish as a religious feast to honor St. Patrick himself, this national holiday is now collectively observed by people all over the globe, regardless of nationality. It’s a day that recognizes the Irish culture through parades, great food, delicious beer – some colored green – and more.
So where can you expect to have the most exciting St. Paddy’s Day celebration? Here are four places to consider if you’re ready to sport your Irish green and drink a St. Patrick’s Day pint:
For those who wish to celebrate the national holiday in the land of its origin, Dublin, Ireland, certainly throws a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day party. The capital actually celebrates over a span of four days – between March 14 and 17 – so make sure to plan accordingly. The event takes place all over the city and the streets fill with crowds going on walking tours, enjoying street performances and hopping from pub to pub. No matter how you decide to spend your day, be sure to wake up early to catch the Dublin parade at 9 a.m.
If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day outside of the U.S. but you’re looking for an international location other than Ireland, just head east to London, England. You can join a free Irish walking tour that takes place during the day on March 17, 18 and 19 to learn about the Irish cultural connections in London. You can also enjoy the annual parade, watch performances on the Trafalgar Square stage at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, and enjoy Irish food and green Guinness in bars across the city.
Did you know that 20.2 percent of Massachusetts residents claim to have Irish ancestry? It’s no surprise that Boston tops this list as one of the greatest places to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. There are dozens of bars and Irish-inspired pubs to grab a pint of green beer, but there are plenty of other festive activities that’ll enrich your cultural awareness. For instance, walk the Irish Heritage Trail to learn about the historical landmarks of the ethnic community of Boston. For an even better St. Patrick’s Day experience, consider extending your stay, as the city will be throwing its 17th Annual Irish Film Festival between March 23 and 26.
Another U.S. city that throws a festive celebration is Chicago – this place even dyes the Chicago River green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day! And don’t forget to grab a spot on Columbus Drive to witness the St. Patrick’s Day parade march through Grant Park, with dozens of Irish dancers, drum corps and bagpipers to ring in the holiday. You’ll find plenty of Irish pubs to grab a shot of Jameson, as well as a pint of Guinness – in green if you prefer – as you dance to Celtic music and enjoy contemporary Irish culture.
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