Experience St. Patrick's Day in 5 Cities

While Ireland is the best place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, cities throughout the United States do their best to live up to the Irish hype. Here are five of them:
Rock of Cashel in Ireland

Rock of Cashel in Ireland

The buildings at the Rock of Cashel historic site, dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, include Cormac’s Chapel, which holds the sarcophagus of King Cormac, a former king of Munster. Explore More Historic Sites in Ireland on TravelChannel.com.

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By: Sarah Wyland

Chicago. The water runs green in Chicago come St. Patrick’s Day. Built largely by Irish immigrants, The Windy City colors the Chicago River a bright emerald green to celebrate. The river dying is followed by an over-the-top St. Patrick’s Day Parade, now in its 60th year, featuring everything from Clydesdales to Irish dance troupes, and ending with an all-out street party. This year’s festivities are scheduled for March 14.

New York. The Big Apple loves a good party and it delivers on St. Patrick’s Day. The city’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place in 1762 and continues along the same route down 5th Avenue. You won’t find floats or balloons in this parade, however. The march is made up of Irish kilts, bagpipes, step dancers, first responders and school bands, adding up to more than 200,000 marchers. The parade route also happens to pass an Irish pub or two along the way.

Savannah. Savannah is home to the second largest parade in the world on St. Patrick’s Day, and it seems all of Georgia shows up for the party. The entire city is draped in green — even the fountains — as revelers tailgate and wait for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to begin. As the day turns into night, the city’s Irish pubs continue the party well into the early morning hours.

San Diego. If you find yourself on the West Coast, head to San Diego for one of the city’s largest single-day events. Covering 80,000 square feet of its downtown blocks with artificial green turf, America’s Finest City welcomes more than 120 entries for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Partygoers can also find festivals and even “Smiling Irishmen” contests throughout the city. This year’s celebration will take place Saturday, March 14.

Phoenix. For at least one day, the Valley of the Sun leaves its desert landscape behind in favor of the greens of Ireland. The city hosts its annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire, featuring Irish step dancers, bagpipers and marching bands. The fair follows the parade, where entertainment is provided by Celtic rock bands and Irish dancers. With an area for kids to enjoy pony rides, face painters and a petting zoo, there is something for everyone in Phoenix.

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