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Best Places to Travel to for Saint Patrick’s Day

It’s time to don your green and pack your bags because Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Here’s a list of our top 10 destinations around the world that hold some of the best celebrations in honor of Saint Patrick.

 

1. Dublin, Ireland

The people of Dublin love to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in a more traditional manner. They listen to a lot of live music and pubs will hold feasts.

 

2. New York, New York

New York City holds one of the world’s largest parades. On Fifth Avenue, you’ll find 250,000 people marching. It has been a tradition since 1762.

 

3. Chicago, Illinois

Since 1962, Chicago has been pouring 40 tons of environmentally safe green dye into their river and every year, 400,000 people gather around to watch! This festive green color lasts for 5 hours!

 

4. Tokyo, Japan

In Tokyo, the Japanese hold an “I Love Ireland” festival every year in Yayogi Park. They have stalls selling corned beef, stalls selling green beer, bagpipe performances, live music, and more!

 

5.  Montreal, Canada

Since 1824, Montreal has never cancelled a Saint Patrick’s Day parade regardless of bad weather. Every year they have a huge Saint Patrick statue to signal the start of the parade. National Geographic labeled Montreal as one of the top 10 Saint Paddy’s Day celebrations in the world!

 

6.  Sydney, Australia

Every year, the Sydney Opera House is lit up with green lights in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. Sydney is home to the second largest parade in the world and the city uses the holiday to raise money for local charities with the sales of raffle tickets and event entry tickets.

 

7. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah holds the third largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the world. They have many events such as the live entertainment at the City Market on River Street, the viewing of the fountain in Forsyth Park spouting green water, the Clydesdale horses walking about, and more!

 

8. London, England

In London, you’ll find many Saint Patrick’s Day events starting with the 1.5 mile long parade in Trafalgar Square. There’s film festivals featuring Irish screenings, ceilidh dancing, Irish pubs with themed events, and more. You can even see the London Eye sporting festive green lights!

 

9. Munich, Germany

One of the largest Saint Patrick’s Day festivals in the continent of Europe is located in Munich, Germany. Leopold Strasse, where the Siegestor landmark is located, is closed off on this day for a successful celebration. When you’re done with the festivities, head on over to the world famous Hofbräuhaus for a big ol’ mug of beer!

 

10. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is the fifth largest Irish community in the world and also the location with the biggest Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in South America. The Argentinians here hold a 10 block street party filled with live music and dancing. Afterwards they’ll hit up popular Irish pubs such as the Temple Bar or the Kilkenny.

 

 

Lollapalooza Scavenger Hunt

This weekend marks the 20th annual Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Illinois. Although the festival is one of the largest in the country, it began with very humble beginnings. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell, lead singer of Janes Addiction, originally planned the festival to be the band’s farewell show.  Farrell showcased dozens of indie bands that would have otherwise been left unnoticed by commercial radio.  In an era without the internet, this was a pretty big deal. Over the years, Lollapalooza brought on bigger and bigger acts from hip hop to reggae to hard rock.

My circle of friends love going to music festivals. Besides the music and partying, one of our favorite things to do is create a bizarre scavenger hunt that could only work at a festival.  We create a list of the most insane things we could possibly imagine and spend the entire weekend trying to find the most items. All you need is a camera and a sharp eye. We have an old bowling trophy that we pass around after each festival. I totally got last place at Bonnaroo this year, but my friend Nessa took home the winner’s cup. Although I’m not attending Lollapalooza this year, my buddies created a scavenger hunt that I’d like to share with my fellow counter culture enthusiasts.  Enjoy!

  • Someone dressed in excessive glow sticks or body paint
  • A turtle and a hare racing each other
  • A half naked dude playing a harmonica
  • A Purple People Eater
  • A Misfits t-shirt
  • Someone doing the cabbage patch with a Cabbage Patch Kid
  • The Ghostbusters
  • A cantelope bra
  • A fist fight
  • More than 10 people dressed the same
  • Someone drinking beer from a leather boot
  • Girl with crazy long fingernails (like 4+ inches)
  • Someone riding a unicycle
  • Full black leather outfit
  • A person wearing sock gloves
  • A farmer’s tan t-shirt
  • Someone with a pet lizard
  • A unicorn
  • Arch enemies hugging (Batman/Joker, Cowboy/Indian, Vampire/Werewolf)
  • Someone dressed in full camouflage in a crowd of people
  • Identical twins dressed as butterflies
  • Two girls with matching tongue rings
  • A mermaid
  • Beer can pyramid
  • Bald headed woman
  • An octopus
  • Someone sleeping in their own vomit
  • Cleopatra costume
  • Multi-colored dread locks
  • A robot without monocles
  • Star Wars and Star Trek nerds hanging out together
  • A snake
  • A kiddie pool filled with candy
  • Old hairy guy wearing speedos
  • An Oompa Lumpa
  • Someone lighting off fireworks in a busy crowd
  • A drum circle with at least a dozen different drummers
  • Someone wearing an American flag jump suit
  • A double rainbow
  • Dora the Explorer and Diego
  • A dinosaur
  • A kid giving ice cream or cotton candy to a dog
  • Someone skateboarding or rollerblading on the grass, not the sidewalk

 

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