It’s time to dig out that green garment you haven’t worn in months and flaunt your stuff this weekend in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. It’s likely you’ll find a parade wherever you may be but I’ve gathered five parades that are a notch above the rest. Read and you’ll see why.
New York, NY (Saturday, March 16)
The Big Apple is host to the oldest and biggest St. Patty’s parade in the world (over 250 years old). Funded only by donations, this event is unique in that there are no floats, automobiles or even commercial affiliations. Instead, you’ll enjoy anywhere from 150,000 to 250,000 marchers entertaining a crowd of approximately two million spectators along Fifth Avenue.
Chicago, IL (Saturday, March 16)
This Annual Parade is always held on Saturday (either the day before or on St. Patrick’s Day) and begins on the corner of Columbus Drive and Balbo then continues North to Monroe. Nearly 100 pounds of green dye is dumped into the Chicago River in preparation of the days festivities. Don’t worry about cancellations because rain, snow or freezing temperatures this event proceeds no matter what. Chicagoans are tough like that.
Savannah, GA (Saturday, March 16)
This year, the city of Savannah will be holding its 189th parade. The festivities begin with Mass at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in historic downtown Savannah. Starting at 10:15 a.m., the three hour parade will feature over 350 units of U.S. military divisions, bands and the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
San Francisco, CA (Saturday, March 16)
This St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (March 16, 2013) dates back to 1852 and features traditional music, dances, food and drink. Head to the corner of 2nd Street and Market to partake in the day’s fun.
New Orleans, LA (Sunday, March 17)
The people of New Orleans know how to do parades and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road is as good as anything you’ll find during Mardi Gras. Not only do floats throw bead and other trinkets but also cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions and other seasonings. It’s very likely you’ll leave with all the ingredients for a traditional Irish stew.