For St. Patrick’s Day, 5 U.S. cities say ‘erin go bragh’ better than most
By Jay Keller
While many will simply wear green or have a drink to celebrate, there are five U.S. cities that do a little more than most to say “Ireland forever.”
So, here’s your chance to be the judge: Of the cities listed below, which city offers the best spot to shake your shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day?
But, before you vote in the comments field below, here are the cities from which to choose listed in alphabetical order.
Massachusetts could just be the most Irish state in the country and Boston did host the first U.S.-based St. Patrick’s Day celebration in 1737.
In city whose NBA team is called the Celtics, Bostonians will get an early start on March 17th with the 112th St. Patrick’s Day parade and a pint of Guinness at one of many Irish pubs.
Chicago welcomes people of all descents to partake in the Celtic celebrations around town, from the legendary St. Patrick’s Day Parade to the Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl.
At the cornerstone of Chicago’s Irish celebrations over the past 50 years is the dyeing of the Chicago River emerald green, a tradition that continues this year. Many will head down to the east side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge for the “legendary” parade and the Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl.
Dublin, Ohio, may be a small town when compared to Boston or Chicago, but the town really goes big in March. Named for its founder’s Irish birthplace, Dublin begins the festivities several days early and showcases a mile-long parade with larger-than-life leprechauns and bagpipers as well.
Nearly two million people attend the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, according to event organizers, making the event the most-attended. City-wide celebrations include dressing your best in green and gold or heading to the Irish Arts Center for free events like Irish music, dance and other activities.
For some, Savannah, Ga., landed on the map for them with the release of John Berendt’s book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” which later became a hit movie. For others, Savannah puts a unique southern spin on the Celtic holiday, so bring plenty of beads for barter.
St. Patrick’s in Savannah is home to a three-hour parade through the Historic District, numerous parties along the river, cultural Irish festivals and huge rugby tournament.
We want to hear from you: Vote for your favorite city of the five listed above by posting a comment below.