Go green and check out some of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Held on March 17, on the traditional death date of Ireland´s patron St. Patrick, St. Patrick´s Day is one of the most celebrated festivals in the world. Commemorating Saint Patrick, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage and culture of the Irish in general, St. Patrick´s Day quickly spread out far beyond Ireland´s borders and it has become a popular holiday in many other countries (especially in those with large communities of Irish expats). Consequently, huge “all things green” celebrations, parties, concerts and other events are now held in a number of cities and towns all over the world.
With this year´s St. Patrick´s Day closing in on us fast, we did a bit of research and compiled a list featuring 25 Best Places To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. If you like the habits and traditions associated with this holiday, keep on reading to find out more about the best places for you to celebrate this popular festival. From large American and Canadian cities, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, London to the Caribbean and – of course – Dublin, the Ireland´s capital, these are 25 Best Places To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
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Let’s start with a city that has one of the highest percentages of Irish ancestry in the US. In Boston, almost 16% of people have Irish origin and in some towns in Greater Boston (for example in Weymouth), almost every other person has Irish ancestors. With that said, it comes as no surprise that Boston hosts some of the largest and most spectacular St. Patrick´s Day celebrations and parades in the US.
In Germany, the St. Patrik´s tradition might not be as well established as in some other non-Irish countries but there are some German cities where people are welcome to celebrate this festive day. In Berlin, for example, many pubs and bars serve Irish beer and offer traditional Irish music on that day. There are also beer-garden concerts and parades organized in Berlin on that occasion.
Cabo Roig, Spain
Located on southern coast of Costa Blanca in eastern Spain, Cabo Roig is a vacation hotspot particularly popular among Irish tourists. The resort even hosts Spain’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade with passing marching bands, motorbikes, and Irish dignitaries. This Guinness-fueled fiesta later continues with karaoke, contests, fireworks, flamenco dancers, and more.
Situated in the region of Veneto in northern Italy, Padua hosts “Irlanda In Festa”, a five-day festival dedicated to the celebration of the St. Patrick´s Day. Although Padua does not have as abundant Irish community as some other cities on the list, the festival held in this city is actually one of the largest St. Patrick´s Day celebrations in continental Europe.
The Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade began in 1984. Its purpose is to preserve and enhance the heritage and traditions of the Irish Culture as well as share that culture with the citizens of Arizona. The festival includes marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, concerts, petting zoo and more.