They say that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day on 17 March so there's an excuse to join the party. Here are 10 of the best places to wear a big green hat and drink lots of Guinness.
If you’re going to do St. Paddy’s Day properly, it’s got to be Dublin! The St. Patrick’s Festival ensures much March madness in the Irish capital. Go for the weekend and stay until your hangover wears off. Paint the town green, along with thousands of Irish people and tourists in silly hats. The Guinness will undoubtedly be flowing at high volume.
2. New York
Outside Ireland, St. Paddy’s Day is probably taken most seriously in the USA. New York has been holding official St. P’s Day celebrations since 1762 and today its parade now draws more than a million spectators. It may not be easy being green but it’s tradition to pinch non-green wearers, so you better get in touch with your inner Kermit.
Boston claims to have held the first official St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in America in 1737 and the party is still going strong today. As well as the parade there are parties held all over the city.
You can’t say that they don’t take St. Patrick’s Day seriously in Chicago. Every year the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers dye the Chicago River a bright emerald green. Hopefully you won't be feeling too green the next morning after all that partying.
5. Buenos Aires
It’s carnival time in Buenos Aires as the locals take to the streets to party, with music, drinking and even hurling - not throwing up, but the traditional game that's kind of a cross between baseball, hockey, and lacrosse - hopefully not after drinking too much Guinness.
Montserrat, known as the ‘Emerald Island of the Caribbean’ due to its foundation by Irish refugees from Saint Kitts and Nevis, is the only place in the world apart from the ROI and Canada where St. Pat’s Day is a public holiday.
Around 3000 people take part in what is billed as South East Asia’s only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Singapore. Marching bands, bagpipers and Irish dancers are on hand to entertain the crowds.
8. Toronto, Canada
Toronto’s St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the largest in North America. One of the must-do main events is the Grand Marshal's Ball where partygoers consume industrial quantities of oysters and smoked salmon.
9. Padova, Italy
Italo-Irish eyes will be smiling for a full five days at the Festa Irlandese, held in Padova, which attracts over 25,000 people in what is the biggest St. Paddy’s Day celebration in Europe.
10. Munich, Germany
In general, the German market isn't huge for Guinness, but fo one special day the Bavarians lay off the lager and get stuck into steins of the black stuff at a massive open-air party in Munich.