St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Worth the Trip

Destinations, Travel Tips

If you’re looking for a different way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, check out this roundup of cities that put the green on full display.


"Photo by Max Talbot-Minkin"

Just an hour’s flight time from MSP, this quick trip boasts one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions – the annual dyeing of the Chicago River. Coupled with a rowdy parade, this celebration dates back more than 40 years when a plumber accidentally turned his coveralls green with the dye used to detect leaks in the river. For the best place to park yourself for the spectacle, check out the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

13179964375_1497e0c564_kNew Orleans
If you think Mardi Gras is the only holiday New Orleans takes seriously, think again. Bands, dancers and floats travel through Uptown into the French Quarter, with marchers throwing beads, flowers, cabbages, carrots and onions – yes, you read that right – to crowds cheering from the sidewalks and historic balconies.


Savannah, Georgia, hosts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day gatherings in world over three-days, kicking off with the Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park. Plus, the 70-degree-weather makes for lighter packing!



With the highest concentration of Irish lineage outside of Ireland, it’s no surprise that Boston does St. Patrick’s Day right. Check out the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, cozy Irish pubs, traditional Irish fare and America’s most famous Celtic rock band, the Dropkick Murphys, hosted regularly at the House of Blues near Fenway Park.



Why not honor the Emerald Isle in the Emerald City where, according to WalletHub’s expert panel, you’ll find more Irish pubs and restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city. And if corned beef, cabbage and Guinness aren’t your thing, pack your green running gear and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Dash or watch the Landing of St. Patrick by boat at South Lake Union, an ode to when Irish pirates originally brought St. Patrick to Ireland.

With any luck, you’ll be able to get away this St. Patrick’s Day!

Chicago photo by Max Talbot-Minkin
New Orleans photo by Infrogmation
Savannah photo by Bruce Tuten
Boston photo by yonolatengo

Seattle photo by Brendan

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