According to legend, Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, used the shamrock's three leaves to explain the Holy Trinity. He is celebrated for converting entire kingdoms to Christianity. Today, however, his name is more freely associated with green beer and leprechaun costumes.
At its core, St. Patrick’s Day is about celebrating the Irish spirit. Whether you want a sacred or secular celebration, there are cities around the world to show your pride on March 17.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival, but Montserrat—a petite island in the British West Indies—is the only country other than Ireland where the day is an official public holiday. The island’s large Irish population helped it earn the nickname, “The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean.”
Dublin, of course, hosts an impressive celebration, but travelers needn’t go to Ireland to experience a serious St. Patrick’s Day party. Here are more cities around the globe boasting plenty of Irish pride.