U.S. Celebrations for St. Patrick's Day
It’s that special time of year again when green beer is plentiful, and pinching is encouraged. Here’s our picks for some of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States.
The 2014 celebrations are:
- Boston, held Sunday, March 16: Rumored to be the birthplace of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations we know today, this city’s event is nothing to be ignored. The main event is the South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, which is the second largest in the country. People can spot the event from almost anywhere on Broadway Street.
- New York City, held Monday, March 17: Estimated to have more than 2 million attendees, the Big Apple has the longest continuously running parade in the world with more than 150,000 marchers. You’ll find people of all ages decked out in green traipsing all over the city. The parade goes from 44th Street, up the famous Fifth Avenue and past the historical St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The city will also be hosting the third Sober St. Patrick’s Day, to offer a more family-friendly alternative.
- Chicago, held Saturday, March 15: The Windy City goes all out to celebrate. Since 1962, 40 pounds of environmentally friendly dye is poured into the Chicago River to turn the water green. More than 400,000 spectators come out to see the river change colors, and the best place to get a view is between Wabash and Columbus on the Chicago River Walkway. Catch the dyeing on Saturday at 10 a.m., and then head over to the parade.
- Savannah, held Saturday, March 15: Maybe noted as more of one of the least-suspecting St. Paddy’s Day spots, this little Southern Belle begins celebrating two weeks before the actual holiday. On Saturday, marchers will begin their parade through the historic park district, passing city fountains that have been dyed green.
- New Orleans, held Saturday, March 15: This celebration goes all weekend long with five separate parades, and is equipped with beads, booze and floats from Fat Tuesday, so keep the kids at home for this one. The Big Easy does St. Paddy’s Mardi Gras-style as marchers throw the ingredients of a typical Irish stew (cabbage, carrots and onions) into the crowd, along with flowers.
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