Every year on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the life of the patron saint of Ireland. And while the holiday is most commonly associated with the Emerald Isle, many other cities around the world host celebrations of their own. Here are some of our favorites.
One of the most participated spring events in Montreal kicks off with the St. Patrick’s day parade. The parade has been a mainstay of the city since 1824, having never been cancelled, trailing only New York City for most consecutive parades. 20 floats, 25 marching bands and 4,000 participants celebrating Montreal’s deep-rooted Irish history, The party will then often spill over into the Irish pubs and restaurants that line the streets of Crescent Street in downtown Montreal, where the shamerock theme continues as thousand of people participate in the festivities.
New York City
New York claims the country’s longest-standing, and largest, Irish parade with the annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The soldiers, marching bands and bag pipers parade down Fifth Avenue past NYC landmarks including St. Patrick’s Cathedral. While a festive party can be had at the city’s many Irish pubs and watering holes, there’s also a rich Irish tradition present in the city—the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park raises awareness about the Great Irish Famine and pays tribute to the thousands of Irish who fled to New York during the late 1840s.
Canada’s biggest city also hosts the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Every year at noon on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, close to 100 floats, bands and marching groups parade down Bloor Street, onto Younge and Queen and finishes in front of Nathan Phillips Square. The city also hosts a St. Patrick’s Day 5 km and the many Irish pubs will be crammed with revelers. A sure bet celebration is at the Steam Whistle Brewery with live music and endless beer.
For the best of St. Patrick’s Day head straight to the source. Dublin celebrates its patron saint for four full days with the St. Patrick’s Festival, with parades, cultural performances and just plain-old partying. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings, including Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, go green with outdoor lighting, and there are countless pubs to raise a Guinness or two in, including The Brazen Head, which is officially Ireland’s oldest pub. Basically, Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day is everything you would imagine it to be.