The luck of the Irish isn’t confined to its homeland. Whether you’re Irish or not, everybody always has a good time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of the most popular holidays celebrated not just in Ireland and the United Kingdom but also in the United States. Thousands of people come together to drink, dress in green, eat traditional Irish food, and just party.
What started out as a religious observation honoring Ireland’s patron saint, now turned into a feast celebrating everything Irish – from food to booze!
Here’s how the world takes part in the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Boston is the most Irish city in the United States as they have the highest number of Irish immigrants. This becomes evident every year on March 17. Aside from the spirited parades, they also host parties to celebrate this occasion.
During their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Chicago dyes their river (Chicago River) green at 9 a.m. in the morning.
Since 1824, the long-standing parade in Montreal has marched on the holiday. Marching bands, floats, bagpipes, local residents, and even a massive Saint Patrick himself participate in Montreal’s annual celebration.
London, United Kingdom
The London Eye, Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, is lit with green lights on March 17 to celebrate the holiday and honoring Ireland’s patron saint.
Tokyo is no stranger to hosting one of the most photogenic St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world.
New York City
The Empire State Building is lit with green, orange and white lights. As a tradition, the building changes its lights for holidays, sporting events, and other occasions.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Not many are aware that Buenos Aires holds one of the largest Irish populations in the world. Thus, they have one of the liveliest St. Patrick’s Day fiestas in the world. They have food, drinks, booze, costume parties, name it!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil’s most iconic site, the 98-foot-tall statue Christ the Redeemer, is lit in green atop Corcovado mountain.
You know it’s a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Brussels when the city’s famous landmark, Manneken Pis, wears a cable-knit sweater. Head to Parc du Cinquantenaire for a full day of Irish fun. Wear your sports shoes on and get competitive playing traditional sports like soccer, Gaelic football, and camogie.
Like many other landmarks, Sacré Coeur Basilica is illuminated green for St. Patrick’s Day. This church is located near Paris’s highest point and was built for more than 40 years.
Like the Chicago River, the Vilnia River is also dyed green. Also, onlookers are invited to watch as the river turns green.
Most landmarks “go green” for free. However, there are some that charge Tourism Ireland. In 2014, the Sydney Opera House charged 8,000 euros, which is the highest among any other landmarks.
One of the best celebrations held in the United States is in Savannah, Georgia especially the annual “Greening of the Fountain”, which is dying green the main fountain in Forsyth Park.
The fountain on the south lawn of the White House is also dyed green as the United States’ presidential residence celebrates St. Patrick’s Day.
In 2013, the Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx are illuminated by green floodlights.
San Diego, CA
Throngs of people attend the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade west of the Mississippi at Balboa Park. But the party doesn’t stop there. It continues to the historic Gaslamp District, which takes this holiday and turns it into an outrageous experience that’s fun for the adults.