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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.

 

 

Best Places to Celebrate New Years Eve

New Years Eve- the time when people party so hard, they wake up the next day and make drastic changes to their life to make up for the debauchery that occurred the night before. New Years Eve is the best time of the year to party, have fun, and celebrate the past years triumphs. People all over the world party hard on New Years Eve. From India to Brazil to Japan to Iceland, New Years parties will be in full swing, with cultural traditions being the only difference in the celebrations. For the first time in a few years, I have no New Years plans (I should really start using Facebook). I decided to research some fun things to do across the U.S. in search of plans for the ultimate New Years Eve. I’ve compiled a list containing concerts, parties and events. Check it out:

Concerts

1. Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. This is based in New York City, but there is also an L.A.event under the same name with different performers. This concert began in 1972, and it’s been a huge event every year since. If you like pop music, this concert is where you want to be. It’s in New York during the biggest party of the year. Performers include Lady GaGa, Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Hot Chella Rae. The hosts for this event are Jenny McCarthy and Fergie. This will more than likely be the biggest event of New Years, based on the amount of people who travel to NYC every year.

2. Together As One, Orange County,CA. This is like the ultimate rave, including performers Duck Sauce, Diplo, Bloody Beetroots, Chromeo, and Felix the Housecat, among others. This event is sure to be packed with partiers who will be ready to bring in the New Year with a bang.

3. PHISH at  Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY. Attention all hippies: find your way to New York for this four-day PHISH concert, which will rock from December 28th through New Years Eve. It’s been sold out since shortly after tickets went on sale, so this is sure to be a BIG concert.

4. BASSNECTAR Nashville, TN. This show is set to be HUGE. If you like dubstep music, then this is the show for you. Be ready to make your ears bleed.

Parties

1. New York City– The dropping of the crystal ball in Old Times Square is a gigantic event every year. People from all over the East coast and beyond gather in New York City for this event, making it among the most popular New Years destinations. It’s a tradition that has been going strong since 1907. I can’t imagine what New Years Eve would’ve been like during prohibition. You can buy your all-access party passes here.

2. New Orleans– Bourbon Street is the place to be year-round, so you can imagine what it’s like during New Years Eve. INSANITY. Most people realistically just can’t handle Bourbon Street, let alone during the craziest time of the year. Watch the ball drop at Jackson Square, and partake in adult beverages in any of the twelve million bars along Bourbon Street. Check out what’s going on in New Orleans on NYE here.

3. Seattle– I’ve heard from many people that Seattle turns into a city-wide party on New Years Eve. The Space Needle is turned into one big fireworks show, and besides that, there are many, many things to do in Seattle during New Years Eve. Check out the 35+ bars around city centre if you get thirsty. This isn’t quite like the other places on the list, so I understand if you are skeptical about this one, but you have to trust me. Seattle ROCKS on New Years Eve.

4. Las Vegas– Vegas and New Years Eve go together like chicken and waffles. Imagine a place where the party never stops. Literally it never stops, as there are no “last calls” in Vegas. Most cities force bars to close anytime between 2 and 6am, but not in the city that never sleeps. Check out the strip during New Years Eve, and you may begin to understand why it’s called “sin city.” One extra bonus about Vegas around New Years time is that you can bet on any of your favorite football (BCS) bowl games. Check out other NYE Vegas events here.

 

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Sources:

http://www.globalgrasshopper.com/travel/travel-ideas/top-10-places-to-party-on-new-years-eve/

http://twincities.metromix.com/music/standard_photo_gallery/americas-coolest-new-years/2944607/photo/2944613

http://newyearsevecentral.com/