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The Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Mar/12/2023 / by Nancy Amon

Get the best out of the Irish holiday that has also become an American favorite

A St. Patrick's Day parade
A St. Patrick Day’s parade

When you think of St Patrick’s Day, it’s easy to think of all things green, leprechauns, shamrocks, cabbage, corned beef, green accessories, parades, and more. It is a very famous holiday in America. Still, it wasn’t originally American, some years ago. The much-loved holiday celebrated by the locals was brought to the country by Irish immigrants who came to the USA in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

There are many places to visit and things to do during the holiday. So go on and get ready for the festivities.

These are the top five places in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

1. Boston

St. Patrick’s Parade in Massachusetts has a long history, with celebrations dating back to the early 1900s. With that rich history, it’s no wonder Boston is one of the best places to be during this time. It also has one of the region’s largest Irish communities, so if you can’t go over to Ireland for the festival, come to Boston, Massachusetts.

Parade route and fun things to do

It winds down from Broadway to Monica St. Augustine. You’ll find good eateries along the route, including Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar, Moonshine 152, Publico Street Bistro and Garden, and Worden Hall. It’s best not to drive. If you are taking public transportation, go early. Parking is very hard to get, and often for residents only.

2. Chicago

Illinois is another state big on St. Patty’s Day celebrations. Apart from the activities, you can book your accommodation and stay close to the parade to make commuting a breeze. Plumbers Local 130AU is organizing 2023’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, and there’ll be popular folks like the Mayor of Cork County Ireland, Councillor Danny Collins, Timothy Drea of the AFL-CIO, and more.

Parade route and fun things to do

This year’s theme is about the people and recognizes workers’ rights within Chicago. You can enjoy the much-awaited and famous corned beef and cabbage meal. Tickets can be bought online. Plan your time. Grandstand tickets are currently retailing at $65 per seat. There are a lot of additional things to do and see during your stay in Chicago, so make sufficient time for all the good stuff.

The parade route starts at Columbus and Balbo drives and ends at Monroe Street. Some streets like McAllister, Market, Polk, and Hayes may be closed on the day. Check and plan your destination in advance.

3. San Francisco

In California, St. Patrick’s Day is much loved and enjoyed by locals, and people flying in to experience the affair. The region has already witnessed 160 St Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations. It is said that California has been commemorating the holiday since the 1850s.

Parade route and fun things to do 

While the Golden Gate Bridge might be famous, San Francisco is also recognized for its St. Patrick’s Day Parade winding down 2nd Street and reaching Civic Centre Plaza. During St. Patrick’s day, this parade is known for its many floats, going up to 150 at one stage.

4. St. Louis

McBride Homes sponsored the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day parade in St Louis in Missouri this year. As a local tradition, come rain or shine, the show must go on, and the parade went ahead, complete with marching, balloons, and more.

Parade route

The parade began at Market Street and ended at Broadway and Clark. 

5. Dublin, Ohio

If the name doesn’t give it away, the St. Patty’s Day celebration sure will. Dublin, Ohio, is one of the towns that many Irish immigrants called home in those early years. Today, just over 13% say they have some Irish ancestry. What started as a pancake breakfast and inflation ceremony became an official must-see during this holiday.

Parade route and things to do

The march will be in downtown Dublin. Enjoy all your St. Patrick’s favorites – from marching bands and bagpipers to beer and potato chowder. Many floats, vehicles, equestrian teams, and marching bands will also be seen. See everything you love about the St. Patty’s celebrations in one place for you and your family.

Are you ready to celebrate St Patrick’s day with your family? Which city will you visit?