National Geographic released their top ten places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, in 2015, and the U.S. won out. The first four spots on the list of Paddy’s Day revelry are all U.S. cities with Dublin falling in late on the list at number seven.
It comes as no surprise that New York tops the poll as the world’s largest parade lasting for six hours. Despite the controversy surrounding the parade, this foot-powered march attracts two millions spectators annually.
As equally unsurprising is Boston’s second place ranking as Massachusetts still prides itself on being the most Irish state in the U.S. Chicago and it’s river of green swoop in at third place.
Dublin is the only place in Ireland to make the list perhaps showing that Ireland is one of the less exciting places to be our national day of worldwide celebration. The four-day festival still attracts half a million each year with the parade highlight lining the streets in green from Parnell Square to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Other National Geographic entries range from Montreal, Canada to Monserrat, West Indies. The full list can be seen below.
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1. New York City, New York
Older than the United States itself, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade has been running since 1762.
2. Boston, Massachusetts
“Southie” hosts the thousands of revelers in the U.S.’s most Irish state.
3. Chicago, Illinois
Head to the intersection of Michigan Ave, Wacker Drive and the Chicago river to see the green river flow in all its glory.
4. Savannah, Georgia
Forward planning is a must if attendees want a Historic District hotel room overlooking the parade route. Rooms are said to be booked out months in advance.
5. Montserrat, West Indies
This Afro-Irish event in the “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean” commemorates an attempted slave revolt on March 17, 1768 as well as Ireland’s patron saint.
6. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
An Irish flag is raised outside the Place Ville Marie shopping mall a full month before the parade to signify that the Irish Season has arrive.
7. Dublin, Ireland
From a treasure hunt to gala concerts of traditional music and dance, Dublin may not be the biggest but the four-day festival is certainly jam-packed with fun.
8. Birmingham, England
The UK’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls through Digbeth, Birmingham on the Sunday closest to Paddy’s Day every year.
9. Cabo Roig, Spain
Well the weather in Spain certainly makes Cabo Roig one on our list anyway.
10. Auckland, New Zealand
The parade is finished up with a Fleadh (music session pronounced “fla”) outside O’Hagans Irish Pub, Market Square, Viaduct Harbour.