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4 Quirky St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

You know what they say: one man’s pub crawl is another man’s….public reading of “Green Eggs and Ham”? Some places around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in uniquely festive ways. Here are some of our favorites:

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Home to the shortest street in the world, Hot Springs hosts the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade every year. Don’t worry though—they manage to fit a lot in there, including Irish belly dancers, floats, Irish Order of Elvi (a group of Elvis look-alikes), marchers, Irish Wolfhounds, and a pub crawl.

Chicago, Illinois

A green river runs through it: Chicago shows their Irish pride by dyeing the Chicago River green every year since 1961.

O’Neill, Nebraska

Nebraska’s Irish Capital” is already home to the world’s largest shamrock, painted on a local road. For St. Patrick’s Day, they go even bigger, installing a big blarney stone at the corner of the Shamrock and hosting public reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham”.

o'neill, nebraska shamrock
O'Neill Chamber of Commerce

Hoboken, New Jersey

If you’ve seen an episode of Jersey Shore, you know that New Jersey likes to party. In fact, they like it so much that they make a habit of pre-gaming for St. Patrick’s Day — two weeks ahead of time. Hoboken starts the party early with Irish step dancing, floats, and music — and pub crawls, of course.

- Contributed by Diana Vilibert

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