As the saying goes, everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Just about every city in the United States has a parade honoring the saintly man who drove the snakes from Ireland, either on March 17, or the weekend before or after.
New York City – The biggest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade has been marching through the streets of NYC since 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted. It was started by a small band of homesick Irish soldiers serving with the British military stationed in Colonial New York City. That makes the 20171 parade the 256th annual celebration, which now includes a VIP review stand at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. The NYC parade includes as many as 250,000 marchers, including the NYPD Emerald Society band, pictured here, and two million spectators. . On March 17, of course.
Boston — Possibly the most Irish city in the USA, Boston bursts with pride during its St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Held annually since 1901, the family friendly parade features floats, music, marching and pipe bands. marching through the streets of South Boston, the city’s most Irish neighborhood. The parade starts at 1PM at the Broadway “T” Station and ends at Farragut Road.
Chicago – The Windy City starts its St. Patrick’s Day celebration by turning the Chicago River green with colored dye. Then everybody heads to Michigan Ave. to watch the parade, which begins at noon. The theme of the 2017 parade is “Irish Immigration: A New World of Opportunity”
San Diego – The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival, , kicks off with a flag raising at 10 a.m. followed by the parade at 10:30. It’s one of the largest single-day events in San Diego, with an all-day roster of music and dance performances in Balboa Park. Theme of the 2017 event is Celebrating the World of Women.
Read about sky-diving leprechauns, the world’s largest shamrock and other quirky St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the USA, in my recent article for Orbitz Travel.
For a list of St. Patrick’s celebrations around the world, visit the website St. Patrick’s Day.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?