Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in the Country

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The event features reenactments
> Location: Newport, Rhode Island
> Time: 3/16/2019

A city with a rich history of Irish immigration, Newport, Rhode Island, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish elements like fife and drum corps, bagpipe marching bands, and historical reenactments.

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The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade west of the Mississippi
> Location: San Francisco, California
> Time: 3/16/2019

Another hotspot of Irish immigration, mostly around the mid 1800s goldrush, San Francisco hosts the largest St. Patrick’s parade west of the Mississippi. Going on 168 years and drawing over 100,000 celebrants, the parade features floats, Irish dance troupes, marching bands, and Irish poetry.

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Tater-tot eating contest? Yes, please
> Location: San Antonio, Texas
> Time: 3/16/2019

San Antonio’s River Walk festival is not your average St. Patrick’s event. Instead of hosting a street parade, this city dyes its river green and hosts a floating procession of decorated boats carrying live bands and Irish dancers. There’s also a tater-tot eating contest.

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Second largest St. Patrick’s parade in the country
> Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
> Time: 3/16/2019

Pittsburgh’s parade, established in 1869, is expected to be the second largest St. Patrick’s parade in the country this year, with 23,000 participants on the roster. With Pittsburgh’s population being about 14% Irish, that towering representation is not surprising.

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It’s like the World Expo of Irish culture
> Location: Seattle, Washington
> Time: 3/16/2019

Though it kicks off with a parade, Seattle’s weekend-long St. Patrick’s Day Festival is so much more than just a spectacle. It’s a complete cultural immersion, featuring Irish music, step dancing, jigs, visual arts, games, and even a marketplace selling Irish products. There are also Irish genealogy and language workshops.