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St. Patrick's Day Parades across the U.S.

Wear your green, or prepare to be pinched! This St. Patrick’s Day, bust out your shamrock gear and get in the spirit of the holiday. Whether you are in San Francisco, Chicago, Savannah, New York or Boston, there is plenty to do to celebrate the luck of the Irish.

Contrary to popular belief, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade didn’t take place in Ireland, but in the United States. Beginning first in New York City, Irish soldiers that were serving in the English army paraded through the city streets on March 17, starting an unforgettable tradition. 

Festivities begin on Saturday, March 12, with parades in San Francisco and Chicago and ends with the parade in Boston on Saturday, March 20.

San Francisco: On March 12 at 11:30 a.m., join the 160th annual parade at 2nd and Market streets in San Francisco. The parade ends at City Hall with a festival at San Francisco Civic Center Plaza and on Grove Street, from Polk to Larkin. While there, check out the Hotel Adagio, which has taken half off its room rates through April. Stays at this Union Square boutique property start at $119 per night.

Chicago: Come out at 10:45 a.m. on March 12 and watch as the Chicago River is dyed green, a tradition that dates back to 1962. The coloring is best seen from the east side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, the west side of the Columbus Drive Bridge or Upper and Lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. Hang your green hat at The Allerton Hotel, which has rooms for $89. This is up to 45% off current rates.

Savannah: On March 17, see Savannah’s 187th celebration of all things Irish, starting at 10:15 a.m. Watch the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets regimental band, The Highty-Tighties in its sixth parade appearance.

New York: The parade begins at 11 a.m. on the 17th on 44th Street and then heads up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street. The parade then continues past the American Irish History Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd and finishes on 86th at around 4:30 p.m. After a day of excitement, retire to the posh The Setai Fifth Avenue in Midtown. At $299, this rate is half off. Or consider staying in Brooklyn, easily accessible by taxi or subway. A new hotel there will be $109 that night.

Boston: More than half a million people come out to the 110th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. On Sunday, March 20, at 1 p.m., the parade beings at Broadway MBTA station and ends in Andrew Square. The Lenox Hotel, a AAA 4-Diamond hotel in Copley Square, has rooms for 50% off over this weekend. Nightly rates are $159.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011
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