The Irish roots run deep
> Location: Yarmouth, Massachusetts
> Time: 3/9/2019
While just over 20% of Massachusetts residents have Irish ancestry, Cape Cod boasts around 30% . So it’s no surprise that the Yarmouth St. Patrick’s parade, the biggest on Cape Cod, is a spectacular event.
All-aboard the Erin Express
> Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
> Time: 3/16/2019
Philly’s Erin Express is an extended bar crawl that takes place over two weekends around St. Patrick’s Day. The Erin Express runs free shuttle buses on a continuous loop to over 20 bars in the city.
Biggest single-day event in Connecticut
> Location: New Haven, Connecticut
> Time: 3/10/2019
Since 1842, New Haven has been hosting a St. Patrick’s parade that is the 6th oldest in the nation and is now the biggest spectator event in Connecticut, drawing a crowd of over 300,000 people.
The world-famous green river
> Location: Chicago, Illinois
> Time: 3/11/2019
In a decades-long tradition, the Chicago River runs emerald green once a year as the city hosts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country. Over 2 million people come out for the festivities, which feature floats, bagpipes, and Irish step dancing.
If you like skiing, you’ll love ShamRock Fest
> Location: Dover, Vermont
> Time: 3/15/2019
Vermont’s Mount Snow hosts a weekend-long festival for skiers that features a pot o’ gold scavenger hunt, live Irish music, discounted lift tickets, and a breakfast of “eggs and kegs” on Saturday morning.