Top 5 Places to Visit for St. Patrick's Day Parade


Here's our top five.

1.  Boston, Massachusetts

It goes without saying that Boston, MA, in the Irish epicenter the Northeast. Some folks may even argue that it is the unofficialcapital of St. Patrick's Day in America. With one of the largest holiday parades in the country, featuring Irish dancers, pipe musicians, and marching bands, the city puts on an impressive festival to celebrate all things Irish.

The main South Boston parade starts at West Broadway and Dorchester Avenue. The parade route features countless attractions, including face painting, games, and Irish food, for revelers of all ages. For the 21+ crowd, finding an Irish pub crawl is about as easy as spotting someone wearing green. If one parade is not enough to get your fill of Irish green, Boston offers several other St Pattys events from the City of Holyoke to Cape Cod. This year, the parade will take place Sunday, March 15 at 1 pm. Here's a map of the route.

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2.  New York, New York

New Yorkers also take St. Patrick's Day very seriously. Often regarded as the most popular parade with an estimated 2 million visitors each year, New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade is a spectacle not to be missed. It was organized by Irish soldiers in the British army in 1762 and has been going strong ever since. The parade goes up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Street. This year, the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Tuesday, March 17, starting at 11 a.m. Although they don't allow floats or exhibits, they expect to get over 150,000 marchers. The best place to catch a view of the parade would be on the west side of 59th Street which borders Central Park.

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08 Jan 2017


By Harry Williams and Julian Fenn