New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade is held along 5th Avenue and its procession can take up to five full hours to pass! The St. Patty’s Day parade is not only the largest parade honoring this holiday, but also the oldest.
Chicago’s Plumbers Union Local 130 kicks-off this city’s holiday tradition by dyeing the iconic Chicago River a bright green! While thousands of people crowd the river early in the morning to see the action, a selected team of plumbers sprinkle a bright ORANGE powder into the river. As the orange dust hits the water, the river is immediately green and stays green for several days. The traditional river dyeing is followed by a large parade.
No matter how much green beer you have on parade day in Seattle, you (hopefully) won’t lose the parade route! Seattle’s parade route is identified with a large, painted green stripe through the streets of Seattle. Follow the
yellow brick green road…
4. Indianapolis, IN
Much like Chicago’s green river, Indianapolis brings families together to enjoy irish music and food while they watch the canal turn green in honor of this lucky day!
Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is actually the largest parade in the whole state of Georgia! It’s unique because it’s held on St. Patrick’s Day itself, rather than the weekend prior to the holiday.
6. Boston, MA
Boston is home to one of the largest St. Patrick’s Parades in the nation. Bagpipers, green floats, and bands help attract up to a million attendees!
President Barack Obama recently brought his Chicago roots to DC by dyeing the fountain in the front yard of the White House green! Washington DC is also home to a large music festival, National ShamROCK Fest since 2000.
8. Atlanta, GA
And the winner of Georgia’s runner-up celebration goes to Hot-lanta! Atlanta celebrates with a large-scale parade through the streets of Mid-town and if you’re lucky… you may be able to hit up both of Georgia’s St. Pat’s celebrations!
Buffalo loves March 17th so much that they celebrate with not one, not two, but 3 parades! The first two parades are large scale parades that are held in two different parts of town, while the third parade is a small-spoof of the first two.
10. Butte, Montana
Throughout American history, Butte, Montana has had the highest percentage of Irish immigrants (including Boston!). Who knew?! With a history so rich with Irish ancestry, Butte hosts a parade that brings in almost the same amount of visitors that live in the city!
11. Hot Springs, Arkansas
Just like trying to spot that tricky leprechaun, you don’t want to blink or you may miss him… and this celebration. Hot Springs hosts a parade on the world’s shortest street — 98 ft. This parade is said to be the “world’s shortest parade”.
Vegas is known for a lot of things, but Irish celebrations don’t seem to be one of them. Good thing I’m not a betting woman, because believe it or not, Las Vegas’ St. Patrick’s Day parade is the state’s biggest parade!
Phoenix, Arizona is hopping this time of year with the hustle and bustle of Spring Training Baseball. Although there isn’t a set celebration for St. Patrick’s Day in town, the teams often show their Irish pride with special edition uniforms reflecting March 17’s Madness. Wait…. wrong sport?
Beads are to New Orlean’s Mardi Gras Parade like cabbage, carrots, and onions are to New Orlean’s St. Patrick’s Day Parades. Instead of throwing beads on the parade route, New Orlean’s St. Patrick’s Day parade floats are known for throwing out these vegetables into the crowds. The vegetables symbolize the culture roots of Irish immigrants and the traditional Irish Stew recipe.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your town? Any St. Patrick’s Day celebrations we missed? We’d love to hear!