Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March each year to mark the death of Saint Patrick. It has deep historical roots leading back to the 17th century, where it celebrated the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and is a public holiday in Ireland. Today, it is a widely-celebrated event with lots of entertainment, including parades, music festivals, and pub crawls across the nation. Here’s a list of the top 10 cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.
1. Boston, MA
Boston is a city with the largest Irish population and is known to hold the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
2. Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh also has a large Irish population, representing approximately 14% of the total population and has a well-known St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
3. Buffalo, NY
Most people are unaware that Buffalo hosts large city-wide celebrations, even showcasing two full St. Patrick’s Day parades compared to just one that other cities have.
4. Philadelphia, PA
Make sure to check out Philly’s Erin Express, which is a free event with transportation to all of the best Irish bars.
5. Cleveland, OH
Cleveland hosts some of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades and is celebrating the parade’s 175th anniversary this year!
6. Tampa, FL
Tampa has a large number of Irish pubs and restaurants that you can be sure will be participating in this year’s events! Tampa also dyes the Hillsborough River green, like Chicago for the extra spirit!
Chicago has already dyed the Chicago River green ahead of the big celebration where thousands gather after seeing the parade.
8. Rochester, NY
You just missed the parade on Saturday but you can be sure that Rochester will have all it’s Irish pubs celebrating this weekend! Just bring a coat, it is pretty chilly this week.
9. St. Paul, MN
St. Paul is having a block party at LuckyPalooza with tent parties, outdoor food, and live music. Don’t miss the 51st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 at noon!
10. Cincinnati, OH
The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Cincinnati takes place at the Fountain Square with Irish pubs, food and live music.
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