So maybe he didn’t drive the snakes out of Ireland; we love St. Patrick anyway and will raise a toast to him on his feast day of March 17. We will also wear green, march and dance and perhaps raise another glass (or two) to celebrate in cities around the world.
We begin with the United States where an estimated 11% of the population claims Irish heritage, or about seven times as many people as there are in Ireland.
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Biggest U.S. St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
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- Boston: The parade is set for March 15 – snow removal permitting – and the Dropkick Murphys will be at the House of Blues March 12-15. Pub crawls, too. Learn more here.
- Chicago: The Chicago River ‘magically’ turns green as does much of the city during the big parade. Official festivities always begin the Saturday before the 17th (March 14 in 2015). Learn more here.
- New York: The St. Patrick’s Day parade of NYC was a beloved institution for more than a decade before the Declaration of Independence was signed, and they’ve been marching ever since. Watch it on the big day itself, March 17. Learn more here.
- San Francisco: The city’s 164th parade takes place on March 14 with a full day of activities plus a festival in the Civic Center Plaza. Learn more here.
Smaller U.S. St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
- Salt Lake City: There are plenty of Irish in Utah and they go all-out for the parade, with dancers, pipers and sometimes even a green horse or two. There’s also a festival and it all takes place on March 14. Learn more here.
- Savannah: A single day won’t cut it for the passionate Irish of Georgia so they kick of their celebration on March 14 but it doesn’t end until the big parade on the 17th. Learn more here.
International St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
- Buenos Aires: According to several lists, Argentina’s capital is a great (and lively!) place to celebrate with activities ranging from “marathon pub crawls” to giant street parties. Some festivities get underway on March 13 and continue through St. Patrick’s Day. Learn more here.
- Dublin: Music, dance, food, drink – all that and more during the festivities in St. Patrick’s adopted homeland, beginning March 14. If you’re lucky enough to be in Ireland, honor St. Paddy by exploring this beautiful country; you’ll quickly see why the Irish are so enamored of green. Learn more here.
- Sydney: Australians always seem to have a better time than anyone else in the world no matter what they do, and we suspect their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are no exception. Learn more here.
- Tokyo: We were surprised too but it appears Japan is something of a hotbed for Irish pride. The Hibernians may be small in number (and likely many are ex-pats) but they sure rank high on the celebration index, from parades in Yokohama to the Emerald Ball in Tokyo. Learn more here.