Luck of the Irish: Unmissable St. Paddy’s Day Celebrations

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Today is St. Paddy’s Day, and we hope you’re feeling lucky! Are you wearing something Irish made or something green perhaps? Whether you’re planning to guzzle a Guinness and enjoy some corn beef & cabbage or share your favorite things about #beingIrish on social media, embracing tradition is a very “Irish” trait indeed.

On that note, there are traditionally some awesome events going on around the world in celebration of St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. If that’s not a reason to party, we don’t know what is! Here are our picks for the top three St. Patrick’s Day celebrations:

Dublin        Some might argue that the number one reason to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is the parade, while others might say it’s the beer. Did you know that the Irish consume in average 131.1 liters of beer per year – the 2nd highest per-capita consumption after the Czech Republic? There are over 1000 neighborhood watering holes to choose from, whether you’re looking for a hard to find craft bear or a more mainstream brew. Dublin celebrates the patron saint with a 4 day long festival which includes everything from the parade to salsa dancing and céilís (traditional dances). Book your hotel in Dublin here.

Chicago       There’s nothing quite like St. Patrick’s Day in the Windy City. Each year Chicago’s transformation into the Emerald City is cause for celebration for over 400,000 spectators, but how do they dye the Chicago River green? Historically, the river was very polluted in the 1960’s and green dye was used by the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local to find out where dumping was occurring. Stepen Bailey, who was both the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chairman and a member of the Plumbers Local, had an idea to turn the whole river green in celebration of the holiday. After environmentalists won over, vegetable dye became the choice over the  oil-based fluorescein that was initially used to spot the pollution. Today the boat and dying ceremony takes place each year, always on a Saturday, and celebrations include downtown river boat tours and Celtic performances. Explore hotels in Chicago here.

Boston     Be sure to wear green to the second largest parade in the country! The South Boston, or as it’s lovingly known by locals as “Southie,” St. Patrick’s Parade is viewed by almost a million people every year. The parade is held on the Sunday closest to March 17th, and enthusiastic crowds gather to enjoy the live music and colorful floats. Not to mention, there are many famous Irish pubs to help contribute to the festivities. You’ll need a comfy place to crash after all the Guinness! Click here to book your hotel in Boston now. Cheers!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

 

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