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Boats on the Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day
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These are the best cities in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

The St. Patrick’s Day spirit is strong in these cities

Written by
Gerrish Lopez

The annual celebration of all things Irish is just weeks away, and Celtic Titles has revealed the best cities in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. These cities not only host St. Patrick’s Day parades and other festivities, they also boast rich Irish heritage and authentic Irish pubs.

To determine the best cities for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Celtic Titles ranked 100 major U.S. cities based on their St. Patrick’s Day spirit, defined by enthusiasm for the holiday (average search volume per capita for “St. Patrick’s Day parade” and “St. Patrick’s Day celebration” in March over the past four years), number of parades and events (found on Google), Irish heritage (percentage of the population with Irish ancestry) and number of Irish pubs (found in Yelp listings)

Based on these factors, the best cities for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day are Boston, New York and Chicago. Chicago has the most parades and events, a whopping 93 (followed by New York and Boston). Boston has the largest percentage of the population—19.4 percent—with Irish heritage (followed by Pittsburgh and Philadelphia). New York has the most pubs listed on Yelp (followed by Chicago and Boston). New Orleans is another top spot to celebrate, as it ranked most enthusiastic.

St. Patrick’s Day grinches might want to consider El Paso, Corpus Christie, or Stockton on March 17, as these three cities ranked lowest in St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

Find the full report here.

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