With Saint Patrick’s Day just over a week away, you might be eying last-minute flights to Dublin, only to realize you might either lose your job if you take off for Ireland or lose your life savings over the cost of it all.
We can’t all make it over the pond and to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, but that shouldn’t stop revelers from looking for fellow Dubliners in their own backyards.
From the east coast to the west coast, here are just a few of America’s Dubliners offering up plenty ’O Irish celebrating for March 17th.
What’s in a name anyway?
Dublin, Ohio: Around a 20 minute drive from Columbus, you will find the community of Dublin, Ohio. Surrounding the Scioto River, the town tends to have one of the most over-the-top parades out of all the American Dublins. The mile long parade features floats, bands and bagpipes, all led by the chosen Grand Leprechaun. If you think this Dublin is just for some small town fub, think again. Generally 20,000 or so revelers descend on this Dublin for the annual event. This year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, boasting of being the “Greenest and the Grandest," will take place on March 10, 2012.
Dublin, Georgia: About two hours from Atlanta, you will find a place where southern charm meets Irish wit. Dublin Georgia is home to not just a daylong Saint Patrick’s Day Festival, but also a celebration that carries on for around a month. Since 1966, the small town of Dublin kicks off the March season with a number of events pertaining to St. Patrick’s Day.
With most of the major events taking place on the 17th, you will find a parade, an arts and crafts festival, Gospel Sing, a Leprechaun Road Race and a hot air balloon fest in addition. Set up in the middle of Georgia, Jonathan Sawyer named the town after his Irish homeland’s capital. In a town that claims, “tis a wee bit of Ireland in Georgia”, you can expect to find St. Patrick’s Day events up until March 24th.
Dublin, California: If you are in reach of San Francisco, then you are within reach of Dublin. This Dublin, California’s version, puts on an annual Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration spanning two days. This year’s celebrations will take place on March 17th and March 18th, composed of a festival, Green and White Gala, parade, pancake breakfast and for those who want to work off those pancakes, a Shamrock 5k Fun Run and Walk event. The town at the crossroad of two major highways fills with the sounds of bagpipes and the Celtic harp for St. Patrick’s Day. You can also peruse over 200 booths in the town’s Irish Marketplace, selling all manner of Irish items.
Dublin, Texas: It comes as no surprise that in Texas, its Dublin’s claim about Saint Patrick’s Day not so modestly states, “If you haven’t done St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Texas, you just haven’t done St. Patrick’s Day at all.” Frankly, they might be right. This town in central Texas, about 70 miles from Fort Worth, is not just known for being the first bottler of Dr. Pepper and all of its flavors, but also for its St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.
Yes, in Dublin, Texas, you will find an Irish stew cook-off, a dog show, rides and not one but three beauty pageants for the day’s events. Complete with a citywide parade on March 17th, Texas’ Dublin even features events that sound borderline illegal like their blindfolded husband driving contest. It all just makes sense in the “Irish Capital of Texas”.
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