On St. Patrick’s Day we all go full-Irish, regardless of your roots or nationality.
Not everyone is lucky enough to go to the Emerald Isle for this popular holiday, however there are some great places across the U.S. where you can go and feel as if you were indeed in Ireland.
Here we have 3 USA destinations to celebrate 2017 St. Patrick’s Day! These cities offer some of the best opportunities to get in the Irish spirit and go full green!
3. Denver, Colorado
Yes, Denver is (surprisingly?) one of the best destinations to visit for St. Patrick’s Day. They are not kidding and they throw one of the largest parades west of the Mississippi.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Denver’s largest annual event by far. The parade attracts nearly a quarter-million spectators, and people take a circular route through the heart of the Mile High City, while the whole thing features 10,000 marchers, floats, marching bands, dancers and Irish-themed fun with a Western flair that includes horses and stagecoaches.
Yeah, it gets pretty wild in Denver.
2. Chicago, Illinois
The Windy City also throws one hell of a St. Patty’s Day celebration. The parade marches from Balbo Drive to Monroe Drive, while it also involves many brilliant floats, bagpipers, bands, Irish step dancers and lots of green/white/orange flags to praise the Emerald Isle.
Everywhere you go you see people wearing green, while the beer you will (probably) be drinking is also green. However, the craziest thing is that the city actually turns Chicago river an emerald green hue for the holiday.
1. Boston, Massachusetts
The number 1 on our list simply has to be Boston. This city’s big St. Patrick’s Day Parade is officially 116 years old, but some sources claim it can be traced all the way back to 1700s.
Yes, you read that right. The legend has it that the earliest celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in America actually took place in Boston in 1737, when colonists of Irish descent threw a small and modest celebration.
Today, this city is well-known for having the biggest St. Patrick’s Day event outside of the Emerald Isle. Over half a million people come to Boston for the parade that provides its visitors with lots of colorful characters, Irish bands, dancers, bagpipers, floats and plenty of Irish cheer.