Knowing the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day can come handy. Either you are Irish born or at heart, March 17th has become a global festivity to celebrate the Irish culture through food, music, dances, some Guinness drinking or leprechaun hunting.
Originally this date was created as a religious day, to celebrate the Patron Saint Patrick and the advent of Christianity to Ireland but through time, it started to change by integrating all of the Irish heritage and its culture and it expanded beyond Ireland, so more people around the world began to be more and more interested in taking part in this celebration.
The date is getting close and if you are looking for a place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day well here we have selected the best places to celebrate it big time. So grab your green outfit or your leprechaun hat and pack your stuff cause one of these places might be your lucky shamrock.
1. Dublin, Ireland
This must be the first on the list of best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Obviously, Dublin is the epicenter of the celebration, people here go out in the streets to celebrate and take part in the numerous activities that are happening throughout the city, you will find 17 iconic buildings illuminated in green, a four-day parade and the contagious happiness of its people.
Don’t worry about where to stay! There are really nice inn’s located near the Dublin castle and Guinness warehouse.
2. London, UK
London occupies the second place when it comes to the largest celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, with many pubs offering traditional Irish food accompanied by a good Guinness pint, you will have an amazing time and feel among friends.
You can also take part in the 1.5-mile colorful parade with a marching band passing through famous landmarks. The only thing required is your emerald green outfit and some good vibes.
3. Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow is also one of the best places to celebrate due to its rich cultural heritage in Scotland. On St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Glasgow promotes the Irish culture. You will find around the city Irish films, live performances, and even Irish language lessons.
Also, the great Irish pubs serving some good old Irish whiskey or beer. Whether you are Scottish, Irish or just passing by the city, you can’t miss spending St. Patrick’s Day in Glasgow.
4. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is considered the most Irish-American city as more than 16% of its population are Irish descendants and you can notice when the Irish community gets together to promote Irish culture celebration on St. Patrick’s Day.
5. New York City, New York
There is a reason why they call it “the big apple”, this multicultural city has 2 million people gathered together to celebrate on the biggest and oldest Irish parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.
This is one of the best places to celebrate and have an unforgettable experience if you want to be invaded by a good Irish spirit.
6. Chicago, United States
This city gets very green! The Chicago River is covered in an emerald dye which has become a tradition since it first began back in 1961, along with a big 3-hour parade where the organizers are dressed as Leprechauns.
These best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day are truly unique, each has a fun atmosphere and a wide range of activities to offer. Whether you are Irish or not you will definitely feel the Irish spirit in any of these places you go to.
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