Whether you are Irish or just choose to be Irish for the day, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the greatest celebrations of the year. Some may choose to celebrate at their local Irish pub while many others choose to travel to the top places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
We asked our fellow employees from Delta Vacations for their recommendations. Here are our top 5:
- Boston, MA
Celebrate the Irish-American history in Boston with a fabulous parade that runs along Broadway. Check out one of the many Irish pubs, Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern is a personal favorite. This year Boston hosts the Shamrock Shuffle bar crawl, with many fun family events such as Irish dancers and heritage tours. visit: irishheritagetrail.com.
- Savannah, GA
This city with tons of charm, history, ghosts, and memorable movie locations hosts the second largest St. Patrick Day Parade in the United States. You can expect to see approximately 350 floats and marching units featuring representatives from various local Irish groups, Irish pipe bands, and local and regional celebrities. On Saturday, March 17th, River Street will host the biggest party of the year with the popular St. Patrick’s Celebration on the River. This festival features multiple stages of non-stop live entertainment, as well as interactive games, food, cold beverages and much more. Or join the folks at City Market for live music, food, and fun as they celebrate all things Irish! Festivities begin on March 10th and continue through March 17th. The parade has run nearly every year for the past 187 years. Now, at times you may ask yourself if you’ve had too much Guinness, but let me assure you you’re not seeing things—the fountains are green!
- Chicago, IL
They dye the Chicago River green. Need we say more? They dye the river at 10am and the best place to see it happen is at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Surrounding the river are many places to stay, eat, and drink to support this magnificent celebration.
- New York City
Explore the Irish pubs of New York City, and witness the parade down Fifth Avenue. Starting in 1762, it is now the largest St. Paddy’s Day parade in the United States. The parade is led by the U.S. 69th Infantry, and usually has at least 150,000 marchers and 2 million spectators.
- Dublin, Ireland, of course!
No St. Patrick’s Day celebration could be more authentic than the one in Ireland! Imagine a weekend long celebration filled with Guinness straight from the brewery, fabulous Irish music, and a parade from Parnell Square in the North to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the south, all while being surrounded by the wonderful Irish people.
So wherever you may choose to celebrate,
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh. SláinteHappy St. Patrick’s Day. Cheers!
– Libby from Delta Vacations