People in Ireland and the United States celebrate Patrick’s Day on March 17. It’s one of the most popular Irish holidays where we get to dress up in green, wear four-leaf clover hats, watch colorful parades, and drink a few green cocktails. But a lot of us don’t realize that people from all over the globe celebrate this joyful day.
1. Chicago, Illinois
How do the people of Chicago, Illinois, celebrate St Patrick’s Day, you might ask? Well, on the morning of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at around 9 a.m., green dye is thrown into the Chicago River, giving the water a vibrant emerald hue. Later that day, spectators gather to watch as participants walk down the street fully dressed in green clothes and leprechaun costumes. It’s a major blast that lasts pretty much all day.
2. Copenhagen, Denmark
Like most countries that celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, the Danish also throw some wicked parades, but the event that stands out the most is the St. Patrick’s Day 3-legged charity race. This unique event not only celebrates the Irish holiday but raises money for charity. All participants have to make a pit stop across Irish pubs around town and consume half a pint of beer before going on their way.
It should come as no surprise that the Caribbean island of Montserrat celebrates St. Patrick’s Day given that they are British territory. And unlike other places (with the exception of Ireland, of course), it’s considered a public holiday. This means that the locals with Irish ancestry and their friends are welcome to celebrate in the annual parade in Irish colors, go pub crawling or participate in the slave run road race, an event that honors the slaves’ attempt to uprise against their owners in 1768 using the St. Paddy’s Day celebration as a distraction.
4. Boston, Massachusetts
The South Boston area is home to many Irish-Americans who gather around the streets for the United States’ second-largest St. Paddy’s parade and it’s all kinds of fun! Afterwards the parade is over, the participants and spectators will head to one of the many Irish pubs around the city to eat traditional meals like corn beef, cabbage, Guinness, lots of drinks (of course!) and music to dance to.
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Believe it or not, Buenos Aires, Argentina, is home to the fifth-largest Irish community on the planet, which is pretty surprising given that the majority of the people in the country are non-English speakers. So, for anyone interested in celebrating St. Paddy’s Day will be pleased to know that Buenos Aires has an open-air festival in Avenida de Mayo called BA Celebra Irlanda which offers Irish beer and Irish food like potato pancakes, and traditional folk dancing, too. Both the Irish and Irish at heart get to join in the celebration along with bagpipers and Irish dancers. Afterwards, everyone gets together to celebrate at the Chicken Bros sports bar or Buller Brewing Company to down a couple of pints.