March the 17th is right around the corner and hopefully you are as excited as we are to get your green on in the name of St Patrick. However, if you are living in a country that isn’t either the US or the United Kingdom or Ireland, you may want to celebrate this day of luck, green and general mayhem, but you may be facing a general lack of confusion or misinformation surrounding this event. Don’t worry; we here at Sir Holiday decided to delve in a couple of differences of how the various states celebrate St Patrick’s Day in America. Without any further ado, let’s dive right in.
In New York one of the largest St Patrick Day parades in the whole of America takes place annually, the parade has around 150 000 participants and many of these marchers will be playing the bagpipes as well. With New York City’s well established history with the Irish you can choose to either take up the festivities by engaging in the parade that runs along Fifth Avenue or you can wander into any of the many Irishpubs lined up the street corners to experience the day. And yes, if you are wondering many of the bagpipers and marchers will be donning their kilts while marching down the streets of New York City.
In Chicago, the local residents really take the holiday to heart or should we say to water, as the residents dye the river that sweeps through the city completely green. The tradition has been around for more than four decades, going on half a century now and has faced very little tension form activist groups. However, if you are uninterested in looking upon the emerald green river, hoping for some of its luck to be rubbed onto you, then perhaps you should instead head out to Savannah in Georgia for a desert-based day of festivities.
This particular festival draws out around 750 000 visitors on an annual basis, oh and did we mention, they don’t have one day of partying like so many other cities, no Savannah is truly an experience and ensures that the festivities stretch over several days. However they do dye things green, because what is St Patrick Day if you didn’t eat, drink, see or swim in a green coloured item. Therefore, the town of Savannah dyes their Forsyth Park Fountain’s water green, all of this pomp and ceremony is accompanied by tons of food trucks, music performances and parades, all while the desert heat seeps into the general atmosphere.
However, if you would care for more of a spectacle head on over to Washington D.C. where the Washington St Patricks Day Parade takes place! There is a line-up including everything from police brigades to military units, fireworks, food galore and of course, all of the requisite floats. Marching bands also make an appearance, as well as the President of the United States. Bright side is that there are plenty of Irishpubs dotted around the city to ensure you get your full fix of magic on this day in 2018.
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