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5 Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
It is that time of year again! Parades, green rivers, green beer, four leaf clovers everywhere. Every year on March 17, the death of the patron saint of Ireland is commemorated; St. Patrick who was known as the "Apostle of Ireland” was an important bishop who explained the Holy Trinity by using a lucky three leaf clover.
Today, we celebrate St. Patrick by turning our cities green in celebration. On the day that everyone wants to be Irish, AXA wants to suggest to you the top five cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and how to protect yourself during your stay.
Dublin: Yes, I know obvious, is it not? The main city in this celebration is the capital of Ireland, but it is not a surprise considering that it is also where St. Patrick spent most of his life. Here, the celebration lasts four days starting with a monumental parade, music everywhere, green beer and green whisky to entertain the more than 500,000 attendees each year.
New York City: Since 1762, the Big Apple has turned green. New York City has the largest parade in the world. The parade crosses the entire Fifth Avenue and attracts more than 2 million tourists each year. The parade is made up of thousands of volunteers, school bands, police and dancers that make this an unforgettable event. You can also take a trip back in time and visit McSorley's Old Ale House, the oldest Irish bar in the city, famous for its beer and sandwiches that will make a perfect close to your celebration.
Chicago: The windy city takes the St. Patrick’s Day celebration to another level. Since 1962, they have dyed the entire Chicago River GREEN. Once the river has been dyed green, the party begins! Chicago celebrates with not one but two parades, one in Downtown Chicago and the second in the heart of the Irish community on the south side of Chicago. Both are full of Irish dancers, stunning horses and live music and end with a large party from Grant Park all the way to Division Street. Don’t forget to bring your green attire!
London: The capital of the United Kingdom and Ireland’s neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the closest Sunday to the date, so the celebration begins at noon with thousands of enthusiasts willing to walk the parade that is approximately 2.4 kilometers full of beer, clovers, traditional food and green ribbons, even the London Eye is a display of green in celebration.
Madrid: A Spaniard will always sign up for a party and St. Patrick’s Day is not an exception. Although Spain does not have a large Irish population, you can find this celebration in many streets, pubs and even in important buildings such as the Cibeles fountain, the Puerta de Alcalá and even the Palacio de Comunicaciones in Madrid that are painted green to join in celebration.
Whether you visit Dublin, New York, London or any other city in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, which is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world, at AXA, we remind you that no matter the reason for your adventure, it is important to take out a travel protection plan to protect yourself from those unexpected events such as a situation that makes you change plans with your airline and hotel or some unfortunate health issue... Just consider this! Medical treatment abroad can cost you as much as your flight, if not more.
Enjoy the wonders of this celebration and protect yourself against what can go wrong during your trip. Purchase your travel protection plan today and have the peace of mind that only a leading specialist and world-renowned company can help offer.
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