Philadelphia is second-best city to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Rachel Kurland
March 06, 2019 - 1:23 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's always St. Patrick's Day in Philadelphia.

Well, not really, but the month of March does get pretty festive.

A St. Patrick's Day parade, event or festival is, in a word, an experience.

Although it originated as a Catholic day of feasting, it has become one of America's biggest cultural holidays — mainly for overindulging dyed beer.

According to the personal finance site WalletHub, Philadelphia is the second-best city to don your four-leaf clovers, coming in behind Chicago, where temporarily dying the river green has become an iconic tradition. Other cities topping the list include Madison, Wisconsin; Boston; Tampa, Florida; Naperville, Illinois; and New York.

WalletHub compared more than 200 cities across 17 different metrics. Philadelphia ranked fifth for most Irish pubs and restaurants per capita, and 14th for most traditional St. Patty's parades and festivals per capita.

In all, people consume 819 percent more Guinness on St. Patrick's Day than usual, according to the report, and 70 percent more cabbage is consumed during the week.

Nearby Pittsburgh has the highest percentage of people of Irish descent, as well as the best access to bars for the day of lining up for green brews.

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But if you're looking for something to do for Paddy's in Philadelphia, you're in good hands.

The first weekend of the popular bar crawl Erin Express is just days away, so if you were second guessing attending, you may want to reconsider.

Some of Philly's best Irish watering holes participate in the semi-free bar crawl, a tradition that started more than 30 years ago by the owners of Cavanaugh's and Smokey Joe's.