St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, and that means parades with bagpipes blaring and leprechauns marching, and Irish pubs brimming with revelers tossing back pints of Guinness. Though some parades and celebrations took place over the weekend, there's still a lot going on on Tuesday. Here's a handful of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in some of the U.S.’s biggest cities.
If you can’t be in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, Boston makes a good substitute. The city is brimming with Irish pride and has tons of options for celebrating on the holiday. The parade in South Boston was on Sunday, but connoisseurs of Irish culture can head to the Irish Cultural Center of New England for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring traditional music, food and dance. Also, check out some of the city’s best Irish pubs – such as the Snug and the Brendan Behan Pub – for a celebratory pint. For serious partyers, there is an official St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl.
New York City
In New York City, no St. Patrick’s Day event can rival the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the oldest in the country. This year’s parade – with Cardinal Timothy Dolan as grand marshall – will march up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street. Viewers at home can stream the parade live online from 11 a.m. EDT to 3 p.m. EDT from NBC New York.
The biggest St. Pat's draw in this city is the dyeing of the Chicago River green, but that already happened -- along with the parade -- on Saturday. Even so, there is still plenty to do in the Windy City for the holiday. The Art Institute of Chicago will open a new exhibit on Tuesday titled “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design” – and there are quite a few pub crawl options for those looking to imbibe.
The City of Brotherly Love will be sporting some Irish pride Tuesday. In the morning The Plough & the Stars will host Judge Jimmy Lynn’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, in the evening Jamison will blast Celtic rock at Paddy Whack’s, and all day the McHugh’s School of Irish Dance will tour area restaurants, schools and community centers giving performances. Head over to McGillin’s Olde Ale House at night to wet your whistle.
Looking for a West Coast St. Patrick’s Day? Stop by the 20-hour party going on at Tom Bergin’s – starting at 11 a.m. PDT – spend the evening at the “Laughing Irish” event at the Hollywood Laugh Factory, or take in some Irish-themed funk at the Viper Room with Dave Schulz.
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