You don’t have to be in Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, you don’t even have to be Irish.
St. Patty’s Day has become a global affair with some of the best parades, parties and green stunts happening outside of Europe. By no means are we trying to knock Ireland, the birthplace of this famous event. We just bet you’d be surprised where else you can find the Guinness flowing on March 17th. We’re hoping this list of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day helps you into the spirit this year.
Kicking off our St. Patty’s Day world tour is the windy city on Saturday, March 14th. Chicagoans prove they’re die-hard fans by dyeing the Chicago River green. Following this annual tradition is a parade complete with Irish dancers, bagpipes and marching bands. The celebration continues outside in the streets or inside the local pubs and taverns.
Auckland, New Zealand
Irish roots run deep in Auckland and they prove it during their annual St. Patrick’s Day festival. It starts this year on March 8th with the Auckland Irish Society fair. Then the Emerald Ball, where much of high society is in attendance. But the real party begins on March 15th with a parade and fleadh (a song and dance celebration). As a final flourish, they light the Sky Tower green on March 17th.
Montserrat, West Indies
The Caribbean’s Emerald Isle, Monserrat, is the only place other than Ireland where March 17th is a public holiday. If that’s not enough reason why this is a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th also commemorates when slaves revolted against their European oppressors over 200 years ago. It kicks off a week long celebration of a combination of African and Irish heritage. Think calypso meets bagpipes.
New York City
In the east, the Big Apple holds the title for the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in North America. This tradition has been alive since 1762, brought by early Irish settlers to the colonies, and is still going strong today. Taking place on March 17th, the parade runs from approximately 11am to 5pm. Sounds like perfect timing to head into one of the surrounding bars to warm up with a celebratory pint (or two).
Ongoing since 1824, the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Montreal has never missed a year. Crowds flock to St. Catherine’s street on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day (this year March 22nd), to cheer on and dance to floats, bands, and costumed dancers. The famous Crescent street is in the heart of all the action, where you can find a host of Irish pubs to quench your thirst with a green beer.
The Iuck of the Irish makes its way to Southeast Asia, where a three day celebration happens in Singapore. Just like in Chicago, the river is dyed green and a parade that attracts thousands of people takes place. Party goers experience “all things Irish” with contemporary Irish music, dance and street performances. Harley Davidson Motorcycles even paid tribute to the patron saint Patrick last year.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Known as the largest city in South America to host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, locals and tourists alike celebrate San Patricio in the streets of Plaza San Martin in Buenos Aires on March 17th. It completes our list of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with its carnival style complete with dancing, a parade, music and costume competitions.
Aside from Ireland, do you know of any other places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
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