Get ready to wear green, drink beer and travel the world for St Patrick’s Day in 2023. The Irish holiday is the perfect excuse for planning an exciting getaway. Where will you be on Friday, March 17? Read on to learn about our top travel destination picks. You can also search for events in your favorite city to see how the holiday celebrations stack up.
How can you say no to Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day? Ireland’s capital city comes alive with five days of fun. Street performers fill the air with music and pubs are packed to capacity while serving beer, whiskey, and Celtic-style bar food. After toning down the festivities during the pandemic, the city is bringing back its famous parade at full capacity to signal a reopening to the world in 2022. The march begins at Parnell Square and winds through the streets of Dublin before wrapping up at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The luck of the Irish is strong in the Midwest’s largest city. Chicago throws a rowdy citywide party for St. Patrick’s Day, turning the river green with vegetable dye in a process that lasts about five hours – so don’t waste any time to see it. An annual parade draws more than a million people with floats, bagpipe players, and other performers traveling north on Columbus (between Balbo and Monroe). Smaller parades take place in Norwood Park and Beverly, where the Irish community is especially strong and residents decorate their homes in green. Shamrock’n The Block is an outdoor block party with drinks and food in front of Old St. Pat’s near the West Loop.
This pick may surprise you, but Savannah actually throws one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States, with a three-day festival and parade throughout the city. If that’s not enough, the water in Savannah’s famous park fountains are turned green for the occasion. The small port city is loaded with southern charm with weeping willow trees, town squares and beautifully preserved architecture in the historic district near the river. Much like Las Vegas and New Orleans, Savannah is one of the few American cities to allow public drinking outdoors.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The capital of Argentina is home to the largest Irish community in South America. Each year, a St. Patrick’s Day festival and parade draw revelers for ten blocks along Reconquista Street. Dress your best and earn a prize in the annual leprechaun costume contest. Visiting for St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to plan a trip to Buenos Aires, but you’ll also appreciate the city’s unique mix of cosmopolitan style and Latin American culture. Historic buildings sit along the mouth of the Rio de la Plata as it opens up to the Atlantic Ocean.
New York City, New York
No other city throws a parade quite like New York. The Big Apple’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is a massive gathering, lasting nearly six hours (between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.) with 100,000 participants (including dancers and bagpipe performers) but no floats or cars. More than two million New Yorkers gather for a St Patrick’s Day celebration that’s larger (and older!) than the one in Dublin. The Irish Catholic community begins the day with High Holy Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the most in-demand tickets in town.
The large Irish population in Boston goes all-in for St. Patrick’s Day, with various celebrations on the Sunday closest to the official holiday (which will be March 19, 2023). The annual parade takes place in the afternoon, making the spectacle through Boston’s south end. The fun continues with bar crawls and specials all night long. In a unique twist, St. Patrick’s Day officially gets underway early in the morning with a traditional breakfast and roast among politicians from around Massachusetts.