It’s that time of year again where almost everyone is boasting about their Irish heritage (real or not), donning plastic shamrock sunglasses, or downing green beer.
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but over the years St. Patrick’s Day has become a massive booze-filled party for people around the globe. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is among the year’s most popular drinking days – falling only behind New Year’s Eve and Christmas. If you look beyond the booze, you’ll find whimsical parades, hints of history, and unique, local traditions.
All of this talk about St. Patrick’s Day made us ask ourselves, where is the best place to be on March 17th? Here’s our list of the top 7 St. Patrick’s Day parties to put on your bucket list:
This Caribbean island hosts one of the hottest St. Patty’s Day parties on the planet – and we’re not just talking about the temperature. Montserrat’s St Patrick’s Festival is a weeklong celebration highlighting the country’s African and Irish heritage. This year’s festivities include Irish and calypso music, a two-day treasure hunt and a huge feast on the 17th.
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The Montreal St. Patrick's Day Parade is the oldest of its kind in Canada.
The city began hosting the parade back in 1824 and its been going ever since. Approximately half a million people show up annually to watch the three-hour parade that includes hundreds of floats, marching bands and performers. After the parade, it’s on to the pubs!
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Who knew The South loved St. Patrick’s Day? It’s true! Savannah, Georgia is home to the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the USA (only to be outranked by New York).
More than 300,000 people are expected to visit and enjoy the city-wide festivities, which take place from Thursday until Sunday.
Savannah is like a southern belle and offers a non-alcoholic Irish celebration on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day that features live music, art, activities, crafts and games.
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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
This may not be the biggest party on our list, but what they lack in size they make up in spirit.
Around 10 blocks will be closed off to traffic so that party-goers can take to the streets to enjoy the carnival-type atmosphere. Music, drinking, and traditional games are some of the sights you can expect to see in this crowd of approximately 50,000.
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London offers a wide variety of ways to celebrate St. Patrick including a parade, free festival in Trafalgar Square, and parties in the Irish pubs and bars.
There’s also an artisan Irish food market, comedy and film festivals, as well as music and dance. Over 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed on St. Patrick’s Day this year.
How much do you expect will be drank in London?
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If you want to check out an over-the-top St. Patrick’s Day party, then NYC is your spot. Its home to the world’s older and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which attracts more than two million onlookers and lasts nearly 6 hours.
If you want to have a good time, make sure you plan your visit well in advance: best Irish pubs, places to view the parade, and where to go for authentic Irish cuisine.
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For an authentic Irish party, you must go straight to the source. If you’ve ever dreamed about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, you’re not alone. More than 112,000 people from around the globe have travelled here this year for an authentic Irish celebration, and there are plenty of parties happening across the capital city.
This year, the parade theme is “Imagine If” and will feature futuristic floats, spectacular pageantry, and beautiful performances. After the parade, you can head over to the home of Guinness! With live music, entertainment and of course, a pint of the black stuff, the Guinness Storehouse is the perfect place to experience Ireland’s national holiday.
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