The Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Buenos Aires

Argentina has the fifth-largest Irish population outside of Ireland, and every year the Argentina-Ireland Association and the Irish Embassy of Buenos Aires host a parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re interested in heading down to Argentina for the festivities, be sure to check the date before you go. In 2018, the parade was actually on March 10, rather than the 17.

More than 50,000 people attended the festivities last year, which begin around noon with a parade, and continue well into the night with food trucks, drinking, and dancing. The bars along Reconquista Street are always the busiest. There are several Irish pubs there that do a roaring trade in dark beer (unfortunately, not Guinness) and traditional Irish food.

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In Boston, a whopping 22.8 percent of the population claim some kind of Irish ancestry, the highest of any major city in the United States. All of that Irish ancestry, plus the city pride that’s bred into Bostonians makes for a raucous party every March 17. There’s a massive parade through South Boston every year, and every year Boston’s own homegrown Irish punk band the Dropkick Murphys take a break from touring or recording to play a sold-out show at the Boston House of Blues.

If you’re more historically-minded, you can take a self-guided tour of Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail. It’s a three-mile long walk that takes you across many of the city’s most famous Irish sites.

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Another great city for a showy St. Patrick’s Day parade is London. England’s capital hosts a huge parade every March, which starts in Piccadilly and ends in Whitehall, winding its way through landmarks like the Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, where there’s a whole day of Irish music, entertainment, and food for the public to enjoy.

If you have young kids or want to avoid crowds, head to Pall Mall East, where there’s usually a quieter celebration going on with kid-friendly entertainment and activities. If you’re keeping up with Six Nations rugby, head over to The Faltering Fullback in Stroud Green to cheer on the Irish.

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