5 Wild St. Patrick’s Day Cities From Coast to Coast
Every March 17th is great day for everyone and especially those of Irish decent to celebrate what good old St Patrick did. It is about that time when people get to drink green beer, wear very long leprechaun hats, and even pinch each other for not adorning that obviously shamrock green make up. It is that time when you can get crazy but then again, it feels even better if you can have other crazy people to do it with you. Luckily, there are cities that take St. Patrick’s Day pretty seriously and the organizers go all out to give those attending the time of their lives. If you’re looking for such cities, here are five that will definitely not disappoint.
Boston is the home of the leprechaun. Even the greatest basketball team has a logo that is all about St Patrick’s. It has a leprechaun with a hat and that shamrock green. The city has the biggest event anyone can think of especially in South Boston. It is where the first parade for St Patrick was recorded in 1737 and each has been bigger than the previous. The city records more than 850,000 and features activities like marching bands with floats and even bag pipers. Where there are that many people, you’re guaranteed to find a significant amount of craziness.
If there is craziness and a wild throw down on St Paddy’s day, no city does it better than Chicago. Even the Chicago River that is usually dyed green for the occasion is testament to how interesting thing get. Usually, the parade will start at the Columbus and Balbo Drives corner at noon but being there earlier gives you more time to witness the mayhem and even be part of it as it goes down.
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New York, New York
It comes as no surprise since New York is famous for a great deal of holidays. But, it’s not until St, Patrick’s day that the empire state building really goes out of its way. It hosts the largest parade that is more than 2 million people strong and all the attendees can pop into the numerous Irish pubs and drown themselves in beer. The mayhem and craziness starts right after.
Not only is Savannah historic for its must see spots in the East coast, but it is also a surprise pick to be on the list. If you were not aware, the city hosts about 400,000 and numerous events and green dyed fountains for the holiday and without a doubt, it does provide for a great time for every one that can make it down there. Worry not, the events do include that green beer as well.
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San Francisco, California
This city is a party in itself and any excuse they can get to make things even bigger is fully taken advantage of. Their St. Patrick’s Day traditional parade dates back to 1852. They have a great deal of bars that locals and visitors can hop into for a great time and that beer is truly in abundance. The great weather all year round is also a great addition since you can get as wet as you would like without the weather taking a spin off on you.
These five cities are known for wild and crazy St Patrick’s Day celebrations. They let you remember all the good works that the good saint did with a hearty meal, a mug of green beer and above all a smile and a happy face. Everything that the saint had envisioned.
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