Buckled in Boston: It’s no surprise that Boston continues to rank as the No. 1 Irish city. The Irish masses started arriving in Massachusetts after a blight hit the Emerald Isle’s potato crop in 1845. Today, Irish-Americans make up over 20% — or nearly 1 million — of the metro area’s population.
(Green) Bean Town traditionally holds huge Celtic celebrations, including the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants and pubs where the Guinness is flowing and big screens featuring the latest Irish soccer game.
The Windy City Wearing the Green: Chicago riverdances to the No. 2 spot in our ranking for holding the most Irish community events, 143 total. That’s nearly three times as many as in New York, the city with the second-highest number.
Of course, Chicago’s events calendar wouldn’t be complete without Irish step dancing classes. The Windy City also gets points for its green spirit. Few other cities dye their rivers green for St. Paddy’s Day.
- It’s Paddy and Parade Time: The Big (Green) Apple ranks No. 3 in our study — no surprise since New York holds the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Expect to see a six-hour-long line of Irish dancers, bagpipers, and jugglers.
Other big cities parading their Irish heritage include Philadelphia at No. 6 and Denver at No. 7. Philly’s parade is the second-oldest in the country, and Denver’s parade lasts five hours.
Our full ranking and analysis can be found here: https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/studies/most-irish-cities-in-america/
Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to interview the author of our study story, Brenda Stuart-Ryan, mother of Irish dancers, or Jeff Herman, our editor-in-chief, about our study and findings.
Whether you’re looking for green or that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we’ll forgive you this St. Paddy’s Day for wearing green if you’re not Irish.
After all, St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, either. He was an Englishman who migrated to Ireland to convert the country to Christianity. And don’t get us started on whether he chased the snakes from the Emerald Isle.
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