The best cities in the US to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, ranked

Daniel Goodman / Business InsiderHappy St. Patrick’s Day!

Can you hear the bagpipes in the distance? It can only mean one thing – St. Paddy’s Day is quickly approaching. This ode to the Emerald Isle is on March 17, a Tuesday this year, and is celebrated around the world.

In the US, Americans mainly celebrate with green beer, parades, and Irish dancing. To help you start organising your big holiday plans, WalletHub has ranked the best places in the US to get your jig on.

Keep scrolling to see what the top spots are.


20. Henderson, Nevada, is cheap and will have great weather for St. Patrick’s Day.

Paul McErlane/Getty Images)St. Patrick’s Day.

According to WalletHub, It earned the sixth spot for cost, and third spot for weather.


19. Fort Collins, Colorado, has the Oak Street Shamrock Festival.

Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post/Getty ImagesOliver Harrison, 4, of Fort Collins, covers his ears while watching the Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Fort Collins earned the third spot on the safety and accessibility ranking, WalletHub reported.

The city’s two biggest events are the Oak Street Shamrock Festival and the Old Town Irish Party.


18. Kansas City, Missouri, has no shortage of events.

Chris Carlson/APA fan dressed for St. Patrick’s Day waits for the start of a spring training baseball exhibition game between the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals.

Kansas City ranked 16th for St. Patrick’s Day traditions. According to Eventbrite, there are plenty of events scheduled in and around Kansas City, including a scavenger crawl, concerts, and a parade.


17. Lincoln, Nebraska, is a safe place to celebrate.

Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post/Getty ImagesSt. Patrick’s Day parade.

Lincoln ranked second overall in the safety and accessibility rankings, according to WalletHub.


16. Madison, Wisconsin, will be raising money for the Boys & Girls Club.

Carlo Allegri/ReutersIrish for the day.

Madison’s Shamrock Shuffle race has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.


15. Boise, Idaho, is holding a bar crawl on Friday the 13th to celebrate.

Tim Boyle/Getty ImagesBagpipers.

There are plenty of events in Boise to choose from, like the bar crawl on the 13th, a 3-mile St. Paddy’s Day run, bagpipers, and more.


14. Syracuse, New York, is celebrating its 38th annual parade on March 14.

Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesSt. Patrick’s Day.

Syracuse’s parade this year has the theme “20/20: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.” The city even has a gala to honour the grand marshals of the parade.


13. Omaha, Nebraska, has a St. Paddy’s Day race, called the Leprechaun Chase.

Robertus Pudyanto/Getty ImagesGreen beer is a must.

For those active Irishmen and women, Omaha offers the Leprechaun Chase 10K. Though the race is already sold out, you can still hit up the after party.


12. Denver’s parade is one of the oldest traditions in Colorado.

RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post/Getty ImagesA woman dances to the music during the 12th annual Kegs and Eggs event at Blake Street Tavern in Denver.

Denver’s parade is held in LoDo, a hip neighbourhood in Denver.


11. Las Vegas, Nevada, has plenty of places to celebrate.

David Becker/Getty ImagesTelevision personality and model Holly Madison attends the kickoff of O’Sheas’ block party in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Las Vegas is tied for first with Pittsburgh for access to bars – a big category for St. Patrick’s Day.


10. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has a colourful parade.

Kristi Eaton/AP ImagesGary Robertson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, holds his dog, Bitsy before the start of the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The Cedar Rapids St. Patrick’s Day parade is held by the SaPaDaPaSo– the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society.


9. Cleveland, Ohio, offers a St. Patrick’s Day parade that’s the oldest in the state.

Angelo Merendino/Corbis via Getty ImagesResidents of Cleveland, Ohio, get together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade through downtown.

The Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day parade is the oldest in the state of Ohio.


8. Buffalo, New York, has a “great family friendly” parade.

Bill Wippert/NHLI/Getty ImagesA Buffalo Sabres fan wearing St. Patrick’s Day glasses offers up some candy during an NHL game in Buffalo.

The mission of Buffalo’s parade is to “conduct a great family friendly, religious, patriotic, and civic event in Buffalo that honours Saint Patrick and displays the Irish contributions to our community and country.”


7. New York, New York, has a St. Patrick’s Cathedral of its own.

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesA group of dancers march during the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York.

One of New York City’s most famous buildings is the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which offers public tours every Monday. There’s also plenty of Irish history to take in in the city, from visiting the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to visiting the Irish Hunger Memorial.


6. Naperville, Illinois, is the most Irish-American city in the country.

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesA big St. Patrick’s Day fan.

Naperville is a heavily Irish city – WalletHub has it at No. 1 for largest Irish population. This year’s parade will be held on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. It normally attracts 15,000 spectators.


5. Tampa, Florida, has many an Irish pub to choose from.

Elise Amendola/AP ImagesA fan dressed for St. Patrick’s Day reacts during an exhibition spring training baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Surprisingly, Tampa has the highest number of Irish bars per capita, tied with New York City, Chicago, and Seattle.


4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a sizable Irish community looking forward to its parade and family activities.

Jeff Swensen/Getty ImagesRevelers gather behind a green horse during the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day parade.

As much as 14% of Pittsburgh’s population is Irish, so it’s a great place to celebrate. It will have a parade followed by family-friendly activities and even some giveaways.


3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, starts celebrating a few days early.

William Thomas Cain/Getty ImagesSt. Patrick’s Day revelers in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia parade will be held on March 15 this year, and it’s the parade’s 250th anniversary. The theme is “250 Years of Faith, Family, Friendship and Heritage.”


2. Boston, Massachusetts, will feature a performance by famed band the Dropkick Murphys.

Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe/Getty ImagesCostumed spectators watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston.

Successful Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys return to Boston every year for a run of hometown shows at the House of Blues.


1. Chicago, Illinois, will feature its annual green river.

REUTERS/John GressWorkers dye the Chicago River green as part of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s day celebrations in Chicago.

Most famously, the city of Chicago dyes its river a lovely shade of leprechaun green for the big day, making for a festive photo op.

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