Dublin can only boast the second largest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world. New York comes in the number one spot with at least 15,000 marching in the parade and over 2 million spectators lining the streets. New York is not the only option to celebrate stateside though so here we take a look at some of the other destinations that take their Irish roots very seriously.
The Big Easy hosts a Mardi Gras style parade complete with floats. The tradition at a lot of USA based St Patrick’s Day parade involves handing out beads to spectators along the route but instead in New Orleans expect to see airborne potatoes and cabbages.
Boasting an attendance of over 750,000 every year, the parade in Savannah is scheduled on March 17th regardless of the week day it falls on. The procession takes over the whole city and winds through the Historic Park District where the city fountains are dyed green.
The first American St. Patrick’s Day celebration was in Boston, in 1737. They carry on the tradition and host over 600,000 parade-goers every year.
The Chicago parade is held every year on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day unless March 17th falls on a Saturday. The Chicago River is dyed green at 10:00 am, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chicago kicks off at noon.
The largest St. Patrick’s day parade in the world kicks off on 44th street at 11:00am and marches up 5th Avenue. Over 15,000 marchers and 2 million spectators take part annually.