Learn where to spend St. Paddy’s Day in one of the greatest Irish-loving cities in the US.
Whether Irish or not, there is some serious preparation to be done before March 17th gets here. It’s a day to wear witty green T-Shirts, become an Ireland native for the day and for some, drink green beer. So, where would one celebrate St. Patty’s day? Take a look at the Shindigz’s top 10 list:
10. Hot Springs, Ark. This is the “World’s First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.” Say that three times. These festivities actually kick off on March 17th with a Blarney Stone Kissing Contest and ends with a free concert by The Swon Brothers from the television show “The Voice.” They will also be the official starters of the 98-foot parade on the famous Bridge Street, which is the shortest street in the world, according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. This year’s grand marshal is NASCAR legend Mark Martin.
9. Syracuse, NY. This city has over 2 million Irish-American’s. This celebration starts on February 22nd with Green Beer Day, a Shamrock Run on March 7th, the Painting of the Green Line on Salina Street on March 13th and ends with the parade on March 14th.
8. Philadelphia, PA. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Philly is older than the nation itself. This parade started 5 years before the Declaration of Independence was even signed. This year marks the 245th St. Patrick’s Day parade. Get the party started with the Irish Pub crawl.
7. San Francisco, CA. Every year, the United Irish Societies of San Francisco hosts a large parade and festival. This year, the festivities are on March 14. The highlight of the event is the annual parade, but do not forget the Irish Festival at the Joe Alioto Performing Arts Plaza. This includes Irish music, dancing and, of course, beer.
6. Scranton, PA. Fans of the TV show “The Office” may have heard of Scranton, PA, but what about the St. Patrick’s celebration? The parade is on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. It kicks off with a mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral and the parade starts at noon. Scranton is home to the 2nd largest parade in the country. Enjoy the musical sounds of this iconic parade on March 15th.
5. Kansas City, MO. Known for it’s 19th century Irish population, don’t count this city out when planning on going green. This is the biggest KC event all year long. There is Irish step dancing, the 43rd annual giant parade, the Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run and the 30th annual Go for the Green Food Drive! Enjoy a Gaelic Mass at the Redemptorist Catholic Church, where they don’t care if you’re Catholic or not. Members of the Driscoll School of Irish Dance lead the aisle followed by bagpipes and Presidents of local Irish organizations.
4. Savannah, GA. Celebrate Savannah’s favorite holiday. There’s a weekend-long celebration which includes a parade, the greening of the fountain in Forsyth Park, a Miss St. Patrick’s Day Pageant and a giant festival in the Savannah squares. Go big this year and make Savannah your destination.
3. Boston, MA. The annual “Southie Parade,” known as the oldest city parade in America, first started in 1737 and stayed in it’s current form since 1901. The parade is located in South Boston, hence the name. Enjoy Celtic music, visit the 2015 Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival and drink some beer, eat some corned beef and cabbage or go to the Irish Film Festival.
2. Chicago, IL. This year marks the 60th annual dyeing of the Chicago River. On Saturday, March 14th, at 9:30 am, green vegetable dye colors the river and marks the start of the Irish celebration. This is a closely guarded secret recipe for dyeing the river, first appearing orange and then a beautiful green. Truly a sight to see. A parade down Chicago Avenue follows at noon with over 400,000 green-loving spectators.
1. New York, NY. At 11 am a parade starts on 44th street, down 5th Avenue and marches past the St. Patrick Cathedral on 50th, down 79th Street and ends on 80th at the American Irish Historical Society. This parade lasts until 4:30-5pm. The Irish Arts Center has fun activities for families. Visit the Merchant’s House Museum’s grand opening of the fourth-floor servant’s quarters, which employed Irish immigrants in the mid-19th century. Families can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Brooklyn Children’s museum where kids will learn the story of St. Patrick and meet a live snake.
So, what do you do?
You have set your 2015 St. Patrick’s Day destination, so start planning your outfit! If you’re looking for a witty St. Patrick’s Day tshirt, try Zazzle, but you’ll need some other stuff too such as Shamrock Party Boppers, StacheTats, green eyelashes, or green foil wigs. See our complete selection of St. Patrick’s Day celebration party supplies.
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