A city whose basketball team is named The Celtics with a leprechaun mascot must have strong feelings about all things Irish. This isn’t a surprise given that nearly a quarter of the population identifies with having Irish heritage. The holiday festivities occur all week leading up to the 17th. This year, visitors can see famous Irish band Dropkick Murphys play the House of Blues March 14-17, 2019. The famous parade takes place early in the afternoon in the South End neighborhood of Boston, and features bagpipes, brass marching bands, embellished floats, Irish dancers, and more. Every year the city prepares for up to 1 million spectators for the famous event. If you're looking for a more adult way to celebrate, Boston is also famous for its love of St. Patrick's Day bar crawls.
The Chicago River runs straight through the heart of Downtown Chicago. Every year, they show enthusiasm for everything Irish by dying the river a bright green color. Thousands of St. Patrick's Day revelers gather downtown to watch the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 dye the river. The green vegetable dye only lasts a couple of hours, so if you're looking to catch a glimpse of the river, be sure to get there early. If that's not enough celebration for you, walk a few blocks east to Michigan Avenue to watch Chicago's downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade!
No one is quite sure why San Francisco loves to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but each year, more than 100,000 people attend the San Francisco St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade. It takes place the weekend before the holiday (of this year, the weekend of the holiday), and the two-hour parade features floats, Irish dance companies, bagpipers and other musicians. You may also see old-fashioned fire trucks transformed into the Blarney Fire Department. If you have energy left, join the St. Patrick's Day pub crawl, featuring drink specials at bars around town!
This one might come as a surprise, but the southern city of Savannah, GA is known for its massive St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Although Savannah only has a population of 150,000, they have one of the oldest and largest parades in the country. Similarly to the Chicago River, you can also check out the famous "Greening of the Fountain." One week prior to the weekend of festivities, Savannah dyes all of its fountains green, starting with the famous Forsyth Park fountain.
What are your favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions? We love to make a big crock pot of potatoes + cabbage and go see parades!