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No shortage of green in the USA

If you missed the frivolity in Corktown Sunday, you still have time to make plans to join the St. Patrick’s Day fun elsewhere around the country.

Fodor’s, creator of the gold-colored travel guides, has selected the Best Stateside St. Patrick’s Day Events.

Topping the list is New York City, home to two big celebrations. The city’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at 44th Street and then heads north to 86th Street. New this year is Sober St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating the holiday with traditional Irish music and dance but no drinks. That event is at Regis High School on the Upper East Side, just a few blocks from the parade’s end.

New Orleans, which lays claim to the largest point of entry for Irish immigrants in the South, pays tribute to St. Patrick with a Mardis-Gras-style Coisir (party). The week-long run of block parties and parades in the French Quarter and beyond began Saturday and ends Sunday.  Information:  St. Patrick’s Day New Orleans.

Closer to home, Chicago turns green with the annual dyeing of the Chicago River at 10 a.m. Saturday. The city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade starts at noon at Columbus Drive. Information: Explore Chicago.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held – not in Dublin – but Boston, in 1737. This most Irish of American cities parties for four days, with music, a parade and plenty of drinking. The weekend climaxes with the Annual Wearin’ of the Green – the parade that started it all – on Sunday.

Seattle goes all out with Irish Week, featuring Irish-themed events, including an Irish genealogy conference, a soda bread contest, Irish Festival (with music, Irish language workshops, and performances) and, of course, a parade.

Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.