The festival of Ireland’s most famous saint is celebrated around the world on 17th March, including some unlikely places. Travelbite.co.uk has compiled some top tips for the best places to paint the town green and celebrate St Patrick’s Day around the world:
Outside of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day is probably taken most seriously in the USA. New York City has been holding official St Patrick’s Day celebrations since 1762 and more than a million people view the parade each year.
Boston claims to have held the first official American St Patrick’s Day celebrations in 1737 and Massachusetts calls itself the nation’s most Irish state. There will be hundreds of concerts and dances, theatre and literary events, culinary feasts and genealogy lectures from Boston to Holyoke and from the North Shore to Cape Cod.
On 13 March the city of Chicago will be colouring its river bright Irish green with non-toxic dye to celebrate St Patrick’s Day Parade. The best viewpoints for the parade are from the East side of the bridge at Columbus Drive or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.
Festa Irlandese in the Italian city of Florence is ten days of celebrations around St Patrick’s Day. Thousands of people come to see live performances of Celtic music and dance in this celebration of all things Irish and to sample what is admittedly an Italian interpretation of Irish food and drink, including plenty of stout.
The large Irish community in Munich established the first parade in 1995. It’s an exciting open air party that tries to bring a bit of the Irish way of life to Munich with live music, food and drink.
The Caribbean island of Montserrat is the only country besides Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day as a national holiday! The island’s Irish heritage dates back to the 17th century and the connections are still evident today from the moment visitors arrive on the island and receive their shamrock passport stamp.
The capital city gets into full swing for its annual St Patrick’s Festival, which showcases Ireland and Dublin to the world through film, music, comedy, spectacle and family events. This is Ireland’s biggest annual event, attracting some 1.5 million people, culminating in the three-hour festival parade on the final day.
Source – Travelbite.co.uk
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