9 Places to Travel to for St. Patrick's Day that Aren't Ireland

You have to hand it to the Irish - they know how to party. St. Patrick's Day is one of the most beloved drinking holidays of all time, and cities around the world join in on the fun. If you love shamrocks and leprechauns and dyeing your food green, then you have to celebrate this magical holiday in style.

If you can't pop across the pond for a big Irish getaway, here are 9 other fantastic places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

St Patrick's Day Chicago

1. Chicago

The Windy City has one of the most famous St. Patrick's Day traditions - dyeing the river green. This day of celebrations kicks off with a massive parade that draws crowds in the thousands, and the party lasts well into the night.

2. Montreal

With their own massive parade and an impressive stock of Irish pubs, this Canadian city pulls out all the stops for St. Paddy's. The 195-year-old parade draws plenty of Montrealers out of their apartments and into the chilly spring air for a day of festivities.

3. Montserrat

You might not have heard of this tiny island, but outside of Ireland itself they have one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Their festivities last an entire week, and include music, games, competitions, and other cultural events.

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4. London

The St. Patrick's Day festivities in London are about as close as you can get to Ireland without actually stepping foot on the Emerald Isle. Station yourself in Trafalgar Square to participate in the parade, or wander the surrounding streets for food, music, and plenty of Guinness.

5. Buenos Aires

It's not a surprise that this vibrant South American city embraces the opportunity to have some fun. With a massive parade and a huge collection of food and drink stalls, Buenos Aires does not disappoint.

6. Buffalo

This New York city is home to one of the oldest St. Patrick's Day parades in the world. The city puts on a roaring party, complete with scores of Irish dancers, live Irish music, and Irish food as far as the eye can see. Visit the Old First Ward, where many of the city's first Irish immigrants lived, and where many of their descendants still reside today.


7. Sydney

Sydney celebrates St. Patrick's Day in style, with the iconic opera house lit up green for just the occasion. The Entertainment Quarter becomes the Green Quarter and hosts family-fun events celebrating the city's Irish heritage.

8. Munich

As evidenced by their Oktoberfest celebrations, Munich loves beer. And St. Paddy's is the perfect opportunity to indulge. The Munich St. Patrick's Day parade is one of the largest in continental Europe, and draws thousands of revelers for a good time.

9. Cabo Roig

If you find yourself in Spain on March 17th, don't head to Madrid or Barcelona. Instead get yourself to Cabo Roig on the southern coast for a sea of green. With people pouring in for the parade, which is usually accompanied by some gorgeous weather, it's the perfect place to celebrate.

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