3 Surprising #Bucketlist Places to Attend St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

St. Paddy’s Day is coming up, and here in the United States, that means parties, parades, and general revelry! The biggest celebrations tend to happen in cities like Boston, New York, and Chicago -but there are festive cities that may surprise you that you should add to your travel bucket list for the holiday!

Of course, the celebrations need to look a bit different this year due to social distancing measures, but either way, these 3 fun cities are places you need to check out -whether you’re ready to party this March or want to wait ‘til next year!

San Francisco

San Francisco has an assortment of bar crawls happening around town, but one of the more pandemic-friendly activities you can do is attend the Patrick’s Pawade. This benefit for rescue dogs includes yoga and meditation, picnicking, live music, a raffle, and more! Festive canine costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given to the best dressed.

You can stay safe because it’s being held outdoors in a park, just be sure to double mask and keep a six-foot leash length between you and other dog owners. Get your tickets here.

Orlando

Planning a trip to Disney World in mid-March? Just because you’ll be in sunny Florida doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday in true Irish style. Spend your day at Raglan Road, an Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs that always has a great St. Paddy’s Day bash.

Reserve your table now for this authentic and chill day of celebration. It’s less of a raucous party and more of an intimate day of great food and music that’s completely family-friendly. Irish hospitality includes gifts, competitions, and giveaways. Strict social distancing measures will be enforced for your safety, including 2-hour time slots and no gathering around the stage and bar.

While you’re enjoying the music and dancing onstage, you and your family can enjoy contemporary Irish fare prepared with local ingredients. Think of it as the next step up from pub food!

Houston

Texas normally doesn’t come to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day, but Houston loves the holiday! This year, they will be holding their 62nd Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 13th at noon. It’s truly a community event that anyone can join whether you want to go so far as to build a float, decorate your vehicle, or just grab some buddies and put on some festive outfits.After the parade, head over to the 15th Annual Irish Stew Cook-Off, which will be going until 6 pm. Your $15 donation at the door helps support the parade. There will be dancers, bagpipers, and face painters, plus you’ll get to sample lots of delicious Irish food. They judge more than just stew, too -cooks will also be preparing chili (it is Texas, after all), Irish coffee, and Irish desserts and meals. After awards and raffles, stick around ‘til 11 pm for live music all evening.

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