St. Patrick’s Day Parades!

Keep this guide handy and we’ll show you some of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades and of course the best nearby places to stay!


Buffalo, New York

Buffalo has a great small town spirit in a city atmosphere with tall buildings, a trendy scenic water front and is also only 30 minutes away from Niagara Falls. Every year on March 4th Buffalo’s Old First Ward community center hosts its annual Shamrock 8k Run. This run is St. Patrick’s Day themed with runners wearing green and orange colors and the proceeds go toward community youth services. On St. Patrick’s Day just a short 30 minute ride from Buffalo, Niagara Falls’ hosts its St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring what’s dubbed as the world’s shortest parade only 75 steps from the nearby street to the convention center. During this parade the Niagara waterfall also turns green for 15 minutes, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. On March 18th, the Saturday after St. Patrick’s Day Buffalo holds its Old Neighborhood Parade, a smaller parade with an old fashioned feel, marching through the oldest neighborhoods of Buffalo. On the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day is Buffalo’s main parade. This grand celebration brings thousands to the streets of Buffalo as local Irish pubs and restaurants serve traditional Irish drink and cuisine. Many people have named this parade as one of the top parades in the country due to the authentic local feel.

Interested in visiting Buffalo for these celebrations? Stay right in Buffalo! Check out our Buffalo hotels or stay in any nearby Buffalo area town such as Amherst , Cheektowaga, or Williamsville all within 13 miles of downtown Buffalo! You can also choose to stay at our Radisson Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls located only 40 minutes driving time from downtown Buffalo.


Boston, Massachusetts

Boston has been called the best place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day many times. It has a large historically Irish population with many local Irish establishments. The Irish rock band The Dropkick Murphy’s perform in and around Boston at different venues in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day and going to one of their concerts can be a great way to kickoff your St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities. NBA team the Boston Celtics plays home games at TD Garden and many include going to one of their St. Patrick’s games part of their celebrations. On the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day in the morning there is a 5K race which takes place before the parade but follows the parade route. This race is also St. Patrick’s Day themed, most runners wear green or orange in celebration! And finally there is the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade which follows the steps of the runners in traditional Irish south Boston or “Southie”; over a million spectators gather to celebrate and watch this parade that has been going on annually since 1901!

We offer lodging close to Boston! Hampton Inn Boston Bedford Burlington or Homewood Suites Boston/Canton are within 20 miles of Boston and Residence Inn Boston Brockton & Hampton Inn Boston/Marlborough are only a short 45 minute drive from the center of Boston’s celebrations!


New York City, New York

The largest city by population in the United States is sure to have a parade and celebrations to reflect its sheer size and old Irish history! Begin your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in NYC with the Pre St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This parade is on the first weekend of March and is held at Queens’ Rockaway Beach. On St. Patrick’s Day, NYC hosts a boat cruise to help you escape from the busyness of the city and kick back and relax in the harbor with Irish food and music in this unique way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! If you’d rather  have a small local feel, you can attend the Mini St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a shorter smaller parade that goes through lower Manhattan also known as “Little Ireland”. And of course there’s the main parade which is held on St. Patrick’s Day and is one of the largest in the United States!

After all of the festivities, you’re going to need a place to relax for the night or weekend! We provide lodging within a short distance from NYC in Wayne, NJ just 25 miles from the heart of New York City!


Cleveland, Ohio

The “Forest City” is the home of many exciting attractions such as the Rock and Roll hall of fame, Playhouse Square & Westhouse Market. Cleveland definitely doesn’t disappoint in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations either! Cleveland offers much on St. Patrick’s Day starting off with its pre-party on St. Patrick’s Day, Irish pub PJ Mcintyre’s starts its festivities at 7am with Irish dancing, drinks and bag-piping, to get everyone up and going! The Harp in Cleveland is named one of the best Irish pubs in America and all St. Patrick’s Day weekend they serve traditional Irish food, they also offer some of the best Irish music and dancing in Cleveland. Lastly is the main parade which is also named one of the top in the United States and has been going annually for over 145 years.

Plan a trip out to explore everything that Cleveland has to offer and stay at one of our nearby hotels! We have hotels in nearby Solon, Beachwood, or Akron, Ohio all hotels within 45 minutes of downtown Cleveland.


Sarasota, Florida

What does this sunny golfing getaway destination have to offer for St. Patrick’s Day? You’d be surprised! First off on the second Saturday of the month Sarasota hosts its annual dog parade! Dog owners, their dogs and families can all march in a parade that is St. Patrick’s Day themed and awards are given out at the end for the most festively dressed for St. Patrick’s Day. On St. Patrick’s Day Sarasota holds a block party, serving traditional Irish food and beverage! And lastly there is also a parade in this sunny destination but usually St. Patrick’s Day parades can be cold and there can even be snow in most main participating cities but not this one! Sarasota holds its St. Patrick’s Day parade with the beach in the background!

Plan a getaway to Sarasota to experience St. Patrick’s Day here and stay overnight at one of our hotels in Sarasota or nearby Ellenton.