St. Patrick's Day
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Best St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in the US

By Travel Savvy

Look out folks, Spring is in the air, and so is St. Patrick’s Day! This year, we’re passing out unofficial awards to the following US cities for hosting the most worthwhile parades in honor of Old St. Pat’s.

From the largest parades to the oldest traditions, these cities know how to have a rolickin’ good time. Whether you're Irish by blood or via beer, these gradiose celebrations will have you saying, "Slainte" in no time!

Boston St. Patrick's Day 1

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Longest Running St. Patrick’s Day Parade: BOSTON

Where: Broadway 'T' Station to Farragut Road, South Boston

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Starts @ 1:00 PM

Boston has been recognizing this Irish holiday since 1737--although with just a modest ‘gathering.’ Still, the city’s celebration has stood the test of time, and Bostonians celebrate every year on the Sunday closest to March 17th. Did we mention the endless Irish pubs to choose from? Check out Doyle’s, one of Boston’s oldest establishments and the perfect pub for St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Practice Day Revelers 2

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Most Prepared: Savannah

Where: River Street, Downtown Savannah

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The celebration starts a week earlier in Savannah, Georgia, with a charity bar crawl called “St. Practice Day.” For a small registration fee, participants gather on River Street in Downtown Savannah, and start checking off drinking establishments listed on the Leprechaun checklist. First 250 guest to finish the checklist wins a prize!

Chicago's Green River 3

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The Greenest-Literally: Chicago

Where: Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St., Chicago

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Starts @ 9:00 AM

Every year Chicago starts their St. Patrick’s Day with thousands of people gathered around the banks of the Chicago river to witness it turn green, as an environmental-friendly dye is added to kick off the annual parade. The Windy City makes your visit worth it, with lots of weekend-long events throughout the city including musical performances and a family-friendly festival at the Irish American Heritage Center.

Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade 4

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The Shortest Parade: Hot Springs, AR

Where: Bridge Street, Hot Springs

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Starts @ 6:30 PM

Parades can be a long affair, but hey--not in Hot Springs, Arkansas! At a mere 98-feet long, their parade wins for “Shortest Route.” Even with the short march down Bridge Street, partiers still get to enjoy an entire afternoon and evening of festivities, including live music, dance performances, and more.

NYC Gears Up for St. Patrick's Day 5

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Largest St. Patrick's Day Parade: NYC

Where: 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street, New York City

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Where would you expect the biggest parade to be on St. Patrick’s Day? Of course, the Big Apple! A six-hour long affair that spans 35 city blocks, revelers enjoy glamorous floats, marching bands, special celebrity guests and so much more (including coverage on our show, We Hear!). A week before the parade, NYC’s Irish Arts Center hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Open event featuring music and dance.

(Travel Tip: Follow @irishartscenter on twitter to learn more, and while you're at it follow us, too!)



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