From green hair to green beer, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated across the country, and with Allegiant, it’s easy to get away for a weekend to show your Irish pride. The celebration happens every year on March 17 to mark the death of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Parades, live music, bagpipes, step dancers, food and plenty of beer are traditionally found at large gatherings.
Find a Pot of Golden Sunshine in San Diego
Take a trip to the West Coast for the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade west of the Mississippi. The parade steps off on Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street. With over 120 parade entries – including marching bands, fire trucks, police vehicles and antique cars – there are sights and sounds for everyone. Following the parade is an Irish Festival in Balboa Park from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. that features live entertainment, Irish step dancers, Irish folk singers, crafts, food and beer.
Show Off Your Irish Pride in San Francisco
Celebrate Irish community and culture in the Bay Area for St. Patrick’s Day. The San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at Market and 2nd Streets. Stay an extra day for the 45th Avenue Block Party full of Irish music, dancing, entertainment for kids and food.
Celebrate Big in New Orleans
Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day you’ll never forget? New Orleans might be just the place for you. With a rich Irish history, the celebration is in full force throughout the weekend and can even last a few days after. The Garden District is where you’ll find people overflowing the streets to celebrate. Not to worry though, there is always enough green beer to go around. But one of the more popular spots is Parasol’s Bar in the Irish Channel, a neighborhood originally named for the large presence of Irish families. And if a parade peaks your interest, then the Irish Channel Parade is just the ticket. It starts at 1 p.m. the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. Check out the full list of local activities.
Enjoy Irish Bagpipers in Phoenix
The luck of the Irish may just find you in Phoenix where the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire will happen on Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. The parade steps off at 3rd Street and Sheridan and heads south through the streets of downtown Phoenix. Everyone can enjoy authentic bagpipers, step dancing, crafts and food. This is the 35th annual parade in Phoenix.
See Green in Savannah
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a big way in Savannah, Georgia. From dance parties, giveaways, food and, of course, beer; it’s considered one of the largest events in the United States. The entire family can also join in on the fun at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17 from 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Find Your Irish Luck in the Big Apple
For a colorful St. Patrick’s Day affair, look no further than New York City. The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the city’s greatest traditions and can be viewed along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a tradition that began on March 17, 1762 and was originally made up of homesick Irish ex-patriots and military members serving with the British Army while stationed in the colonies. Today, the parade is grander than ever with millions of spectators coming each year to join in the celebration. To keep it fun for everyone, strict guidelines are enforced along the parade route.
Wear Your Green in Washington D.C.
“Showcasing DC Irish Culture” is this year’s theme to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in D.C. The Washington D.C. 48th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Sunday, March 11 at noon and steps off at Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets.
Now that you know the top locations in the country to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, book your vacation at allegiant.com.