The day that is full of green, Irish luck, and beer. It’s a glorious holiday where many stop trying being adults and start being Irish, but this holiday doesn’t have to be all about drinking until you can’t drink anymore. There will be a ton of family friendly activities to do as well, one of which will be attending a great St. Patrick’s Day.

So in this latest St. Patrick’s Day edition of the AXS Top Five, we’ll count down the five best parades that will turn American cities into a river of floats, marching bands, and leprechauns.

Grab yourself a spot and read on.

5. Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Mar. 17 @ 1 p.m.
Downtown Cleveland

Believe it or not, this is one of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the nation. The Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be in its 175th year of existence on Mar. 17, and the parade will feature floats and a number of organizations and charities that go to making Greater Cleveland a better place to live.

4.166th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Mar. 11 @ 11:30 a.m.
2nd and Market St, San Francisco

For over 166 years, this St. Patrick’s Day festival has brought green to Market Street in San Francisco. The 166th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival has the distinction of being the largest Irish event on the West Coast, and it will be an all-out party on the day of the Irish with not only parades, bands and other entertainment that will celebrate St.Patrick’s Day the way it was meant to be celebrated.

3. Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Mar. 11 @ Noon
Balbo and Columbus — Chicago

This is one of the largest Irish events of its kind outside of Dublin. The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin with the iconic dyeing of the Chicago River, followed by a parade that will be one for the record books. If you’re looking for an epic St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Midwest, this one is the one to visit.

2. New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Mar. 17 @ 11 a.m.
5th Avenue — New York City

We have said it once and we will say it again, New York City is the nation’s epicenter for holiday celebration, and St. Patrick’s Day is no different. On Mar. 17, the city will throw its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade filled with Irish ambiance, floats, bands, and more. It’s one of the best America has to offer, and it will be a parade for the ages.

1. South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Mar. 19 @ 1 p.m.
South Boston

It may seem like a small-scale parade, but this is probably the best St. Patrick’s Day in America. The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one that fits the character of Boston, one of the best cities to spend this holiday of the Irish. It is the second largest parade of its kind in the country, and if you can’t make it and you live in the Boston area, you can be among the 600,000 people who tune in to watch this epic parade in an epic city.

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