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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.

 

 

Olympics & London Love

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’re well aware of the hoopla surrounding London, the Royal Family—Will and Miss Kate included, and of course, the Summer Games.

Last summer I studied abroad in London. I spent three amazing months there and needless to say, it was hard to come home. I loved everything about it, from roaming the streets pretending to be Kate Middleton, to shopping on Oxford Street, and most of all, taking the tube to and from work every day (In addition to my classes I had a summer internship).

While I was there the city was well underway preparing for the Olympics. You could take tours of the event sites, some which were still under construction, and there was even a digital countdown in Trafalgar Square in anticipation of the summer to come. I was having a blast, but part of me was jealous. I came across the pond a summer to soon it felt like. Instead of living in the moment, London was fast-forwarding my time there and already looking ahead to the next big event.

I managed to get over my small twinge of Olympic jealousy and enjoy the rest of the summer. From copious amounts of tea, to lazy days in Hyde Park, it was a summer to remember. However, as I sit and reminisce of my London days gone by I can’t help but wonder, what would my time there have been like just one year later?
Here are things I would have loved, and some I’m glad I dodged.

For one, this year marked the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There was a huge celebration—and as I mentioned before, unless you’re living under a rather large rock, I’m sure you heard, saw, or read about it. The energy surrounding the event alone would be enough to make a London summer spectacular—not to mention if you got close enough to see any action! What a way to kick start the Olympic summer season. Anything remotely involving the Royal Family gets the city excited. You can smell the joy and tradition in the air.I would have loved to watch the commotion and join in the cheers.

As the games grow closer, I would have loved to be able to see the preparation for large amount of athletes, spectators, and tourists. When I was living there last summer, one of many preparations, was a huge apartment project under construction specifically to accommodate the large numbers expected to visit over the duration of the games. It was supposedly an “Ikea Village”, meaning everything was designed efficiently and to utilize the least amount of space while still being trendy and modern. The Swedish know how to use their space. These apartments would have been incredible to see—I would have taken note on how to maximize my school townhouse floor plan!

Now despite the energy, the cheering, and the pure thrill of being in any city for the Olympics (which I’m sure nothing can compare to), there’s one thing I’m glad I didn’t have to encounter.

Traffic. London is packed. It’s busy all the time. Add the Olympics into the mix and I’ll let you do the math. The tube, the streets, even the sidewalks are going to be a nightmare. If there weren’t designated sidewalk lanes before, now might be a good time to think about adding some. Travelers be prepared and have your traffic game face on.

Not a day goes by when I don’t secretly wish to be back in London, practicing my British accent and drinking tea, and the preparation and anticipation for all of the summer events, whether they be royal or Olympic in nature, have me wishing just a little bit harder. The Olympics are always fascinating and fun to watch, regardless of where they are taking place, but the fact that they’re in London this year makes it that much more exciting. I’ll be anxiously awaiting—and drinking tea, of course!

-Ring Queen