Online travel agency identifies best cities and events to celebrate Irish-American heritage month
As the saying goes, everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so for those with Irish heritage or those who are just Irish for the day, CheapOair®, a leading flight-focused hybrid travel agency, has identified the best cities for over-the-top celebrations, parades, and plenty of Irish pubs.
According to 2015 U.S. Census data, 21.6% of people in the Greater Boston Area identify as having Irish ancestry and it is clear through their annual celebration that they are very proud of that heritage. The St. Patrick’s Day parade began in 1737 and runs through the traditionally Irish neighborhood of South Boston. The event is held annually on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day and features floats, marching bands, and bagpipe bands. In addition to hosting one of the largest parades in the country, Bostonians are known for their post-parade party. With more Irish pubs than any other U.S. city, parade goers are sure to find the party going well beyond the end of the parade with local pubs hosting live music and holiday food and beverage specials. This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, March 19th
Of course, there’s no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than in his home country of Ireland. Dublin, the nation’s capital, hosts one of the largest celebrations around the world with four full days of activities. An impressive parade, carnival, plus theater and musical performances headline the annual festival. The locals typically keep their celebrations low-key with modest expressions of their Irish pride, the tourist population can be found engaging in the debauchery that has come to be associated with the holiday in Dublin’s Temple Bar neighborhood. This year’s festival will take place from March 16th – March 19th with the parade on March 17th.
New York, New York
As with many cultural festivals, New York is known to hold the biggest and the best St. Patrick’s Day parade in the U.S. and also has the distinction of being the oldest in the world. The annual event held on March 17th attracts over two spectators and up to 250,000 participants. The procession up 5th Avenue can last as long as six hours and is only open to people marching on foot, no floats or cars are permitted. The parade first began in 1762 by Irish soldiers serving in the British Army. Today the parade features participants including bands, performers, public servants, social clubs and associations.
Despite being a smaller city, Savannah takes St. Patrick’s Day seriously with a celebration that rivals the major cities. The parade first began in 1824 by the Irish population that had settled in the area. Today the celebration draws over 300,000 spectators and features a parade, live performances, and street vendors. Since Savannah doesn’t have an open container law, parade goers can enjoy an Irish draught while still catching the parade. But, of course, remember to please drink responsibly.
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