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Travel tip: Big cities celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a big way

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, March 5, 2018, 9:48 a.m.
Boston's St. Patricks' Day parade draws upward of 1 million spectators annually.
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Boston's St. Patricks' Day parade draws upward of 1 million spectators annually.

Sure and begorrah, St. Patrick's Day is coming! These three cities celebrate the wearing of the green in a big way:

Boston: Of all American cities, Beantown claims the highest percentage of people of Irish descent and makes the most of it with a parade that draws about 1 million spectators annually, an Irish film festival and concerts by the Dropkick Murphys, a local Irish punk band.

Chicago: A stretch of the Chicago River is dyed green for the day, using a formula that's a closely guarded secret. There's also a parade with floats, Irish flags, troops of step dancers and — of course — bagpipers.

• New York City: Site of an hours-long parade, the Big Apple also has the annual open day at the Irish Arts Center, with food, entertainment and tin whistle, bodhran drum and ceili dance lessons.


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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