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Top 5 Destination Suggestions for St Patrick’s Day | Protect Your Bubble

Originally posted on on March 01, 2013

Travel protection brand shares suggestions for Saint Patrick’s Day Festivals

March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day and it is the one day a year when everyone gets to be green, chase leprechauns and kiss the Blarney Stone. Protect Your Bubble, shamrock fans and insurance travel company, have a list of the five best St. Patrick’s Day festivals for almost anyone, from the Green Isle or not.

  1. New York City – If there was any doubt, perhaps that Pot O’ Gold is more mythical than originally thought.  Since 1762, New York City’s Irish population has held its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The parade, and all of the activities that go along with it, is on the 16th this year because the 17th is on a Sunday.  Be on 5th avenue to watch, and be there early.  The Irish do love a parade.

  3. San Diego – Across the country, literally, San Diego has its own St. Patrick’s Day activities.  Again because of the day of worship, the parade and festivals are on the 16th.  Hosted by the ICSC, Irish Congress of Southern California, they work all year to host this day’s events.  Events start at 9:45a.m. with the parade starting at 10:30a.m. in Balboa Park.

  5. Chicago – The Midwest will not be outdone with their Irish pride, and the Windy City has its own proud Irish stock.  Be around the Chicago River at 10a.m. to see them dye it green and the parade begins at Noon on Balbo and Columbus streets and ends at E. Monroe.  Public transportation is highly encouraged for this event.  Again, all activities are on Saturday, March 16th.

  7. Savannah – Georgia’s oldest city is home to a large Irish population and the green comes out in force on this day.  Surprisingly, it hosts the second largest parade in the U.S. for Saint Patrick’s Day as well.   Since 1813, Savannah has had a St. Patrick’s Day event.  Starting at 10:15a.m three hours of floats, bands and even military participate with over 350 separate units, so bring a chair.  It is going to be a while, but a good time is to be had.

  9. San Francisco – It seems San Francisco has nothing but parades and festivals, so St. Patrick’s Day is just another reason to have a good time.  Events start at 11:00a.m. and run to 5:00p.m. in the 2nd and Market area.  Irish culture, food, and character are all on display with plenty of family activities to do.  Plus, it is San Francisco, check out the other sights available as well.  As the other parades and festivals, events will be on the 16th this year.


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