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  • St. Patrick's Day

    For one of the liveliest and longest-running St. Patrick's traditions, head to Chicago. Arrive early to get the best spots for the parade Saturday, March 16. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. as the river is dyed green at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, followed at noon by a parade through Grant Park.
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    The Scranton St. Patrick's Day parade in Pennsylvania is the one of the largest in the nation with more than 5,000 participants and an estimated 100,000 spectators. You might also get a chance there to see a leprechaun or two. In 2013, the parade was held on March 9.
    Scranton Saint Patrick Parade Association
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    The Caribbean island of Montserrat is the only country outside of Ireland that celebrates St. Patrick's Day as a national holiday. The island was the home of indentured Irish Catholic servants in the British West Indies and today the country has a week-long festival to commemorate the slave uprising that occurred there during St. Patrick's Day in 1768.
    Montserrat Tourist Board
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    Newport, R.I., does not just have a day of celebrations but spends much of March honoring Irish heritage. Newport has a sister city of Kinsale, Ireland, and the festivities include Irish cuisine. The 2013 parade will be held on March 16.
    Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    More than 80,000 spectators are expected Saturday, March 16 at a parade and festival in Charlotte, N.C., to celebrate St. Patty's Day. The annual festival features live Irish music; Irish dancers; pipe bands; a children's amusement area; Irish, Celtic and other vendors and lots of food and beverages. So come hungry.
    Charlotte St. Patrick's Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival
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    Get ready to shake your shamrocks at the annual St. Pat's in Five Points celebration in Columbia, S.C. There is a parade, a 5-and-10k run, children's playground and plenty of live music. The Palmetto Pipes and Drums are the Irish bagpipers seen here.
    Five Points Association
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    Emmetsburg, Iowa is will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day from March 15 to March 17. Emmetsburg is an official sister city to Dublin, Ireland. Since 1962, the Emmetsburg St. Patrick's Association has hosted a member of the Irish Parliament to reign over the three-day celebration. That's pretty authentic.
    Iowa Tourism Office
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    Think you might have some Irish ancestors? Well, head to Ireland and the Lodge at Doonbeg. The resort has an on-site genealogist who can help you trace your roots back to the Emerald Isle.
    Lodge at Doonbeg
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    Thousands descend on Butte, Mont. in March to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The holiday starts off with the Finnish crowning of St. Urho's day on March 16, and carries on the next day, with the St. Patrick's day parade, corned beef and cabbage, green beer and leprechauns of all sizes. Don't miss the Irish step dancers, bagpipers and the annual Friendly Sons of St. Patrick dinner.
    Donnie Sexton/Montana Office of Tourism
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    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Old West with pub crawls, the Leprechaun Olympics, parades, music and food. Deadwood, S.D.'s s annual Pub Crawl, which will be held Saturday, March 16, is the largest of its kind in the region, with well over 1,200 participants annually.
    Deadwood Chamber of Commerce
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    For those looking for a more exclusive way to view parades, consider the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, which offers luxury skyboxes on the hotel's 17th floor. Groups of up to 40 people can reserve St. Patrick's Day Skyboxes to view the festivities and dine on traditional gourmet Irish fare. It's the perfect way to celebrate Chicago's most beloved tradition, minus the cold and crowds.
    Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
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    Austin, Texas, might not jump out as the most Irish place to celebrate, but the city calls itself the Live Music Capital of the World and its St. Patrick's Day parties live up to that reputation. Irish bands can be found all over town. One of the most popular places to celebrate is B.D. Riley's Irish Pub, where the musical lineup features Irish tunes all day long.
    Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    In Pennsylvania's Dutch country, the York parade is known for bands, Irish dance groups, floats, antique and decorated vehicles and clowns. But the real highlight for many are the Mummers bands.
    Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
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    The Irish were the second largest group to settle in Wisconsin and the state today celebrates in style. (In August, Milwaukee is the host of Irish Fest, the biggest Irish festival in the world.) The 2013 parade took place on March 9. The event can trace its routes back to 1843 and claims to be the first St. Patrick's Day Parade held outside of the 13 original colonies.
    Donald S. Abrams
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