Friday 18 Mar, 2011

Luck of the Irish


Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Though many are filled with Irish pride on St. Patrick’s Day, you certainly don’t have to have ancestors from the Emerald Isle to enjoy the many parades and festivities that are celebrated throughout the world.

Many American cities take pride in their own special St. Patrick’s Day parades or traditions. In fact, National Geographic posits that Americans have helped boost the holiday’s popularity (and the article throws in some fun St. Patty’s Day facts, too)!

Some of EF Explore America’s favorite destinations have fun St. Patty’s Day traditions and, according to CBS News, several are on the list of top St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the U.S.!

Chicago famously dyes the Chicago River green, holds an annual parade downtown and even has a Parade Queen!

New York City boasts to have the oldest, biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year the parade is celebrating 250 years!

Philadelphia’s  parade has a strong history, too. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade there was in 1771! Check out photos from the 2011 parade.

San Francisco does the West Coast proud with the parade presented by the Irish Societies of San Francisco.

And Bostonians, New Englanders and many others who love a great St. Patty’s Day Parade head to South Boston. Southie’s parade is legendary. The South Boston Senator also hosts an impressive number of guests for a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Boston Convention Center.

Learn more about these fun cities and see tour itineraries featuring these destinations!

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