March 16 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
St. Patrick's Day is here again! What a great holiday celebrating Irish culture and heritage! Since its original parade in 1783, March 17 has evolved into feasts and festivals and celebrations of the pride and culture of Ireland - regardless of your own national heritage. As they say, "Everyone's Irish on March 17th!"
As you may expect, some of the country's biggest and best St. Patrick's Day festivities take place in some of the more 'Irish' cities. The city of Boston, with its long Irish tradition, draws more than 500,000 visitors each year and boasts one of the nation's largest parades (its 111th this year!) and more Irish pubs than any other city in the US. Visit the Harpoon St. Patrick's Festival featuring food, drinks, and live Irish rock bands from the Boston area. Or head to the Irish Cultural Centre of New England for breakfast and pints and Irish music and folk dancing. Best Western offers some great places in and around Boston including the BEST WESTERN PLUS Roundhouse Suites and BEST WESTERN PLUS Boston - The Inn at Longwood Medical (both in downtown Boston) and the BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Tria in Cambridge - located near Harvard and just a short train ride from downtown Boston.
Chicago is another great home St. Patrick's Day. With 12 locations in the greater Chicago area, including the Best Western Grand Park Hotel, Best Western Plus River North Hotel, and Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel, it couldn't be easier to grab your green gear, catch the L, and check out all the city has to offer! Be sure to watch the Chicago River get dyed green before you head to the annual parade. What a sight! Join in the St. Paddy's 5 or 8k run/walk and win a prize for the best outfit. Visit the Irish American Heritage Center's annual party for traditional and contemporary Irish music, dancing and food. You can also venture to Lincoln Park for the 37th Annual benefit and enjoy live music, drinks and more.
Remember, wherever you decide to celebrate your St. Patrick's Day, there is always a Best Western nearby to lay your head after a long day of revelry. After all the parades, corned beef and cabbage, and green beer - one of our comfy beds is exactly what you'll need!