Get Your Irish On at These St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Will your family be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day away from home? Pack something green to wear and you'll fit right in. You're sure to find a St. Patrick's Day parade in nearly every American town, plus many other kid-friendly themed events at zoos and children's museums taking place the weekend before March 17. Here are some of the best places to get your Irish on around the United States.

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    New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade

    The biggest St. Patrick's Day parade in the country takes place in New York City, where two million enthusiastic spectators line the route. Get to the parade route well before the 11am kickoff and stake out a viewing spot, staying north of St. Patrick's Cathedral for fewer crowds.


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    Franklin Park Zoo

    There's a huge St. Paddy's parade in Boston, of course, but if you don't want to deal with the crowds, take the kids to the Franklin Park Zoo on March 15 for a different type of party. From food to toys, the zoo animals will have all green for the holiday. Check the schedule for demonstrations throughout the day with gorillas, anteaters, hippos, and camels. 


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    Choose Chicago

    Heading to Chicago? Not only does the Windy City host one of the biggest parades in the nation, but it dyes the Chicago River green for the occasion. The parade kicks off at noon on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day. The dying of the river takes place earlier in the morning and has become a wildly popular event in its own right, drawing tens of thousands of onlookers.

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    Washington, D.C. St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee

    There's a slew of St. Patrick's Day parades held in the DC area, but the biggest of them all takes place along Constitution Avenue. This two-and-a-half hour special event, known as the Nation's St. Patrick's Day Parade, features floats and marching bands from schools, military, police, and fire departments. 

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    One of the largest—and most fun—St. Patrick Day celebrations takes place each year in Savannah, where there's not only a lively parade but green water flowing from the fountains in the city's many squares.

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    L.A. County Irish Fair & Celtic Music Festival

    The biggest St. Patrick's Day event is the L.A. County Irish Fair & Celtic Music Festival in Pomona, which includes carnival rides, historic re-enactors, several stages of Irish music from rock to trad, dance performances and social dancing, casual and fine dining, Irish and other Celtic product vendors, children's crafts and more.

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    Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Philly's St. Patrick's Day parade dates way back to 1771, drawing millions of spectators to the parade route along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event takes place on the Sunday preceding St. Paddy's Day, beginning at noon at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard at noon, then following the Parkway northwest toward the Art Museum. 

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    Belen Comic Con Film & Flight Balloon Rally

    Of all the St. Patrick's Day weekend celebrations in the Albuquerque area, perhaps the coolest for families is the Belen Comic Con Film & Flight Balloon Rally—part film fest, comic fest and balloon fest—with dozens of hot air balloons rising over the skies of nearby Belen. 

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    St. Patrick's Day Parade, Detroit

    Now in its 57th year, Detroit's St. Patrick's Parade takes place in the city's Corktown neighborhood, where Irish immigrants settled in the mid-1800s. The neighborhood is named after a county in Ireland and eventually became home to the Gaelic league of Detroit, making it the logical location for the Irish celebration.