The 17th March is the day they say everyone becomes Irish – at least for 24 hours! So here are some of the destinations that will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day in style
Of course the number one place to celebrate all things Irish is Dublin, the perfect city for a grand weekend. Although the weather won’t be balmy, the welcome will be warm and you’ll find the Guinness factory on the doorstep, loads of friendly city pubs and great live music. If you’ll be staying at one of the timeshare resorts just outside Dublin near the coast, it’s just a short drive into town so it’s a good choice for a combined city-seaside break.
Across the pond in the USA, the place to be on St. Paddy’s Day has to be the Big Apple. New York is at its greenest on March 17th when the city’s famous St Patrick’s Parade takes place. It has been a tradition since 1762 and its parade attracts over a million spectators.
Although New York likes to think it steals the St Paddy’s Day show, Bostonians claim they’ve been celebrating since 1737, twenty-five years before New York joined the big green party. As well as putting on its own Boston parade, parties are held in neighbourhoods all over the city.
Chicago makes the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day statement on March 17th with its own unique tribute to Ireland when the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers dye the Chicago River green, the colour of the Emerald Isle.
March 17th might be the only day of the year when the locals indulge take up Irish dancing instead of the tango. No, it’s not the first international city you’d think of on St Patrick’s Day, but Buenos Aires knows how to celebrate in style.
Did you know this Caribbean destination is dubbed the ‘Emerald Island of the Caribbean’? It’s because it was founded by Irish refugees from Saint Kitts and Nevis, and in fact Montserrat is the only place in the world apart from the Republic of Ireland and Canada where St. Patrick’s Day is an official public holiday.
The Canadians picked a great day to add a public holiday to their calendar. Everything stops for the Irish on March 17th and Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest in North America.
The Italians and Irish have a lot in common. They live life to the fullest, take their food seriously and are always up for a celebration whatever the occasion. Bologna heads up the Italian-Irish celebrations in Italy when the city parties for a full five days at the Festa Irlandese celebrated by about 25,000 revellers. And it also happens to be the largest St Patrick’s Day celebration in Europe (except for the partying going on in Dublin, of course).