Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in the Country

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It’s where runners go
> Location: St Louis, Missouri
> Time: 3/17/2019

St. Louis kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with a 5-mile run through downtown, with over 8,000 runners. Then there’s a huge parade that draws 250,000 spectators, and to top it all off, a formal “Meet the Irish” dinner at the Hilton.

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Coachella of St. Patrick’s Day
> Location: Washington, D.C.
> Time: 3/23/2019

Washington, D.C.’s Shamrock Fest, the largest St. Patrick’s Day festival in the country, is a five-stage event that features over 50 Irish bands along with Irish dancers, performers, and DJs. In addition to the live entertainment, there’s an Irish village, a carnival, and a parade down Constitution Avenue.

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The Shamrock Shuffle
> Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
> Time: 3/31/2019

Starting with a half-marathon, then offering a shorter 2-mile “Shamrock Shuffle,” the city of Manchester, New Hampshire, celebrates St. Patrick’s season after most other cities have finished their festivities. Around 70,000 participants come out for one last parade, complete with bagpipe marching bands and fife and drum corps.