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Top 20 Saint Patrick's Day Events in the USA

St Patrick’s Day events and festivities carry on throughout the USA offering a curious and unique blend of events.

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Events include everything from the special mass services demonstrating the faithful, religious adoration of Saint Patrick, the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, to parades complete with irreverent Irish music, quirky parade floats, marching bands and bagpipers, dancers and even leprechauns, all ending with unadulterated excesses of beer, some of which are even dyed green so that it all fits in with the theme of the day.








There is a spirit to Saint Patrick's Day in the USA that is unlike any other time. It is about good spirits and friendship and faith in the future – just as prayed for in St Patrick’s Blessing:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


Scroll down for the top 20 Saint Patrick's Day events in the USA, some which have been popular events for more than 150 years.





St Patricks Day Parade
early March
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAA popular event for more than 45 years, and recognized as one of the best such events in the USA, the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Milwaukee attracts more than 100,000 enthusiasts to admire the elaborate floats, marching bands, bagpipers, and even clowns.

For more information about the St Patricks Day Parade in Milwaukee visit:
http://www.saintpatricksparade.org



St Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival
mid March
Balboa Park – San Diego, California

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAAttracting thousands every year, and one of the top 20 Saint Patrick's Day events in the USA, the St Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival in San Diegois one of the largest single-day events in San Diego and has been a popular attraction for more than three decades. More than 120 parade entries feature everything from marching bands, floats, clowns, equestrian entries, bagpipe contingents, dancing groups, drill teams, roller skaters, antique cars, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, representatives from Ireland, and the currently reigning Miss Colleen and Smiling Irishman.

For more information about the St Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival visit:
http://www.stpatsparade.org




Boston St Patrick's Day Parade

mid March
Boston, Massachusetts

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAConsidered one of America’s most Irish cities, Boston boasts a 24 percent population of Irish descent and the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade that has been going strong for literally hundreds of years is one of the largest such events in the USA, attracting more than 850,000 fans each year. In fact, Boston boasts that this was the place of the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade – now one of Top 20 Saint Patrick's Day Events in the USA, even before that in Dublin, Ireland. A parade overflowing with floats, bagpipers, and marching bands, and an abundance of Irish pubs in Boston adds to the attraction of this event for many people.

For more information about the Boston St Patrick's Day event visit: http://www.southbostonparade.org





St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
mid March
Peachtree Street - downtown Atlanta, Georgia

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USASupported by Atlanta’s wide ranging Irish community, the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival is a family event and concentrates on children and fun and offers everything including clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, dancers, drill teams, arts and crafts booths, traditional Irish fun and activities for the children as well as two stages of live Irish entertainment.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival has been a popular success for over 130 years.

For more information about the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival visit: html://www.stpatsparadeatlanta.com





Chicago St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
Chicago, Illinois

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAAttracting more than 400,000 spectators, Chicago hosts one of the largest St Patrick’s celebrations in the country – some attracted to see the Chicago River turned green with an environmentally-friendly dye for the occasion. The actual parade, the first performance of which was more than a 170 years ago in 1843, is a massive collection of Irish-inspired floats and dancers.

For more information about the Chicago St Patrick’s Day Parade visit:
http://www.chicagostpatsparade.com





Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade
mid March
Dallas, Texas

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAThe largest St. Patrick’s parade in the Southwest with more than a hundred floats and more than 100,000 revelers, the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade along Greenville Avenue features floats, performers, costumes and animals. More than 30 years old, this celebration is said to rival those featured in Boston, Chicago and even New York.

For more information about the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade visit: http://www.greenvilleave.org/st-patricks-day





Cleveland St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
Cleveland, Ohio

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAAn historic event that began 1867, the Cleveland St Patrick’s Day Parade now attracts more than 500,000 people each year to enjoy the efforts of over 13,000 registered participants marching in the parade, riding on floats, playing in marching bands, throwing candy to the crowd and more. One of the warm highlights of this event is the choice of the Grand Marshall to preside over the parade. This honorary title is usually given to a man "in his senior years, who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the Irish Activities in Cleveland." This has been part of the ceremony since 1935.

For more information about the Cleveland St Patrick’s Day Parade visit:
http://www.stpatricksdaycleveland.com





Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAOne of the most recently established (2004) St Patrick’s Day events, the Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade is already earning a reputation as one of the best St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the USA. It is also noted as the shortest procession, with a route taking in historic Bridge Street, designated "The Shortest Street in the World" (only 98 feet long) in the 1940s by Ripley’s Believe It or Not. As well as the famous people who have acted as grand marshals, such as the actors Bo Derek, John Corbett, and Tim Matheson, the Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade features leprechauns, bagpipers, quirky floats, the Parade King and Queen, marching bands, and even Irish Elvis impersonators.

For more information about the Hot Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade visit:
http://www.shorteststpats.com





Kansas City St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
Kansas City, Missouri

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAOne of the largest St Patrick’s Day parades in the USA celebrating all things Irish, the Kansas City St Patrick’s Day Parade begins after a a special Gaelic Mass and is led by a lone bagpiper and then a mass of floats, bands and other performers filling the streets of Kansas City with music, leprechauns, lucky charms and more. Following the disastrous 1973 parade that tried to re-instate the abandoned event that first began in 1873, and after being labelled as the “the shortest and worst parade” in history, the new Kansas City St Patrick’s Day Parade has grown to become one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day Parades in the USA and now attracts well over half a million enthusiasts.

For more information about the Kansas City St Patrick’s Day Parade visit:
http://kcirishparade.com





New Orleans St Patrick's Day
mid March
New Orleans, Louisiana

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAClaiming to be the largest port of entry for Irish immigrants in the southern USA, New Orleans offers one of the largest celebrations of St Patrick’s Day and has done so since 1809. With a distinct influence of the revelries of the Mardi Gras celebrations that take place just a month before St Patrick’s Day, this event features a week of parades and fun with costumes, flowers, floats, and potatoes, cabbages, carrots, onions taking the place of the beads of Mardi Gras. The result is a unique Irish-Italian celebration of both St Patrick's Day and St Joseph's Day.

For more information about the St Patrick’s Day events in New Orleans visit:
http://www.stpatricksdayneworleans.com





New York St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
New York City, New York

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAOne of the oldest and largest such parade in the world, the famous St Patrick’s Day Parade, just one of the Top 20 Saint Patrick's Day Events in the USA, celebrating Irish culture and the Catholic faith has been a popular event in New York for literally hundreds of years. The New York St Patrick’s Day Parade was first introduced by Irish soldiers in the British army in 1762 and now showcases more than 300,000 marchers and over 3-million spectators every year.

For more information about the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade visit:
http://nycstpatricksparade.org


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Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAStarted in 1771, the Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade is the second oldest St Patrick’s Day Parade in the USA, topped only by the New York City Parade. Attracting over half a million marchers and spectators clad in elaborate green costumery, the Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade has a different theme each year, such as “A Decade of Remembrance”, “Bless the American Worker” and “Bless Our Religious Sisters Who Serve, Inspire and Educate” – serious themes of thought to balance the abundance of sparkling, fun inspired floats, bands and music performances. Special awards such as the “Award given to the group that best exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade”, the “Award given to the organization with an Outstanding Float”, the “Award given to an Outstanding Adult Dance Group” and many more are handed out to more than 13 winners.

For more information about the Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade visit:
http://www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com





Savannah St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
Savannah, Georgia

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAWith a supportive attendance of more than 500,000 people, the three-hour Savannah St Patrick’s Day Parade taking place in the Historic Park District, where even the fountains have been dyed green with an environmentally-friendly dye for the occasion, constantly makes it into the lists of the top St Patrick’s Day Parades in the USA. Religious and cultural events celebrating the town’s cultural heritage last for about two weeks before the parade, and include everything from the actual Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park to the Investiture of the Grand Marshal to the Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony, and more.

For more information about the Savannah St Patrick’s Day Parade event visit:
http://www.savannahsaintpatricksday.com





Scranton St Patrick’s Day Festival
early March (the weekend before St Patrick’s Day)
Scranton, Pennsylvania

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USABeginning in 1862 and now drawing more than 150,000 attendees, the Scranton St Patrick’s Day Festival is one of the oldest and largest St Patrick’s Day Parades in the USA. It has also come to be known as one of the better St Patrick's Day parades and comes each year complete with bagpipe, string and high-school bands, Irish step-dancers, local musicians and other Irish groups as well as a wealth of floats and an army of enthusiastic marchers.

For more information about the Scranton St Patrick’s Day Festival visit:
http://www.stpatparade.com





Seattle St Patrick's Day Celebration
mid March
Seattle, Washington

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USALabelled by CNN as one of the "Five places to get your green on", the Seattle St Patrick's Day Celebration is the largest and oldest St Patrick’s Day celebration in the Northwest USA. Attracting well over 30,000 spectators each year, the route of the parade – the high-point of Seattle's Irish Week festivities – is marked out by Irish revelers with a mile-long green strip. Just as popular as the parade is the Irish Festival showcasing Irish films, Celtic handicrafts, non-stop Irish music, Irish language workshops and performances by champion local step-dancers.

For more information about the Seattle St Patrick's Day Celebration visit:
http://www.irishclub.org/parade.htm





St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
San Francisco, California

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAOne of San Francisco’s most popular festivals for more than 160 years, and the largest such event west of the Mississippi, San Francisco’s St Patrick’s Day Parade attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year. Thousands of participants join in to honor Irish culture including everything from Irish singing to traditional poetry along with more than a hundred colorful floats, Irish dance troupes and marching bands.

For more information about the St Patrick’s Day Parade visit:
http://saintpatricksdaysf.com





Washington DC St Patrick's Day Parade
mid March
Washington DC

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USARecognized as one of the most important St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the USA, the Washington DC celebration of St Patrick’s Day, known as the Nation’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is a two-and-a-half hour event featuring floats, marching bands, pipe bands, military, police, and fire departments all of which join together to honor the culture of the Irish.

For more information about the St Patrick's Day Parade in Washington DC visit:
http://dcstpatsparade.com




St. Patrick's Day Parade
mid March
New Haven, Connecticut

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAOne of New England’s premier Irish events for over 60 years and the 6th oldest such parade in the USA, this St Patrick's Day Parade in New Haven, Connecticut attracts more than a million people to the biggest event in New Haven's Irish calendar. This event has also been promoted by the Library of Congress as an outstanding example of American folk life.

For more information about the St Patrick's Day Parade in New Haven visit:
http://www.stpatricksdayparade.org





Denver St Patrick's Day Parade
mid March
Denver, Colorado

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAOne of the largest parades west of the Mississippi River, Denver’s biggest annual parade, the St Patrick’s Day Parade, attracts more than 200,000 viewers. It follows a circular route through the heart of Denver and features 10,000 marchers, floats, marching bands, dancers and Irish-themed fun with a Western flair including horses and stagecoaches.

For more information about the Denver St Patrick's Day Parade visit:
http://www.denver.org/what-to-do/museum-art/st-patricks-parade

 





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