Sláinte! A Peek at St. Paddy’s Day Across the Globe

St. Paddy’s Day is one of the most popular annual festivals in the world, in countries with and without significant Irish populations. And why not? From emerald isles to pints of Guinness, Irish culture is worthy of celebration.

St. Paddy's Celebrations

Here’s how some nations party like the Irish:

Ireland and Great Britain. Ireland itself throws over 100 separate St. Paddy’s Day events – including Dublin’s five-day festivalKate Middleton has been known to participate in the festivities in England, which boasts the UK’s largest parade (Birmingham) and festival (Manchester).

Munich. The only German city to host one, Munich’s St. Paddy’s parade has evolved into continental Europe’s largest. An open-air party with live music and dancing (and plenty of Guinness) always follows. 

Argentina. Thanks to the comfortably warm weather, Argentinians – particularly those living in Buenos Aires – celebrate Saint Patrick with all-night parties, often drinking and dancing until 8AM.

The United States. Virtually every American city with a bar throws a St. Paddy’s party. Some notables? Chicago’s green river, Savannah’s emerald-tinted fountains, New York City’s two million parade attendees, and Rue’s very own Boston – home of the world’s first-ever St. Paddy’s Day parade. With dishes ranging from Guinness Pulled Pork to festive Key Lime Cupcakes, the U.S. throws one delicious green-themed holiday.

With other popular St. Paddy’s Day celebrations in South KoreaMontserratDubaiAustralia, and many other nations, it’s safe to say that partying in green is a worldwide phenomenon. So, all together now: Erin go bragh! 

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer 

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March 13, 2013