The city of brotherly love is a great place for celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Every March 17th it comes alive with events, parades and activities to honor Ireland’s patron saint.
Whether you're looking for traditional Irish music, a hearty meal or a good old-fashioned pub crawl, there is something for you in Philly. Let's look at some of the best ways to make the most of the holiday by scheduling a day to remember.
Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade
What better way to celebrate the Irish holiday than at the iconic Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade? Since 1771, the parade has been an important part of Philly's culture and history, drawing thousands of spectators annually.
The parade starts in the heart of Center City at John F. Kennedy Boulevard, then heads north on 16th Street until it reaches Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where it will turn right onto 20th Street. After that, it heads right onto Vine Street, then right again onto 18th Street before ending on JFK Boulevard.
Visitors can expect an exciting and vibrant atmosphere, with marching bands, floats, bagpipers, clowns, dancers and much more. The event is open and free for the public. So grab your close friends and family and come out to experience the culture and celebration that makes this parade so special.