It’s time to dust off your favorite green shirt, dig up that corned beef and cabbage recipe and get ready to drink copious amounts of green beer – St. Patrick’s day is here! Wherever you live, there’s bound to be a celebration of sorts, whether it’s a parade marching through the streets of downtown or an Irish pub featuring pints of Guinness and bagpipes streaming from the jukebox.
If your city’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities aren’t quite as festive as you’d prefer, perhaps you should consider a trip to see some of the most famous parades in the US. We list a few of them below:
The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 17th, 2012
New York City has one of the country’s largest Irish-American populations, so it’s no surprise that its St. Patrick’s Day celebration claims to be the world’s largest, occurring each and every March 17th since 1762. This year, the parade aims to honor American veterans from every branch of service and every war or conflict. The parade proceeds up Fifth Avenue at 44th Street starting at 11:00 am and ends at 86th street at approximately 4:30 pm. Enjoy a wide variety of marching bands from various branches of the United States military and numerous high schools as well as a number of pipe and drum bands from the throughout the US and abroad.
The Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 17th, 2012
Chicago is probably more famous for dyeing the Chicago River green as part of its St. Patrick’s day festivities, a tradition the city has upheld since 1962, than it is for its parade. The river will be dyed at 10:00 am, but it’s a good idea to get there early since thousands of people from around the world swarm this event every year. The best views are near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.
The parade itself marches down Columbus Drive starting at 12:00 noon, beginning at East Balbo Drive and ending at East Monroe Drive. This free event is projected to last about three hours and promises fun for the whole family. The parade and related events take place rain, snow or shine, so make sure to dress appropriately (this is Chicago after all!) and bring provisions if necessary.
The Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Although they say everyone is Irish on March 17th, nearly 25% of Boston residents actually are of Irish descent, and the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration makes that fact abundantly clear. The parade – which is expected to draw approximately 600,000 spectators — kicks off at 1:00 pm, heading east on West Broadway from the Broadway T station, through the streets of South Boston and ending at Andrew Square. The 29-piece Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums will lead the procession and is expected to be a crowd favorite.
Think your city’s St. Patrick’s day parade outdoes the ones listed above? Let us know in the comments below.