Parades, concerts and excellent beer: the feast of St. Patrick, better known as St. Patrick’s Day or St. Paddy's Day or simply Paddy's Day, is an event of international appeal.
One of the recommended destinations to celebrate the greenestfestival of the year on March 17 is Boston, the capital of the state of Massachusetts, listed as one of the top 10 places in the United States to visit in 2014.
The city is famous not only for historical events such as the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill, which launched the American War of Independence, but also for the concentration of amazing minds, from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), two of the most renowned universities located in the nearby, rather Bohemian, town of Cambridge.
In addition, Boston is considered "the other capital" for the American Irish, as it is home to one of the largest Irish communities in the world. It was here that the feast of St. Patrick, who is also the city's patron saint, was celebrated for the first time on March 17, 1737 by a group of immigrants to the USA from the Emerald Isle. The story goes that the saint, kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave, used a shamrock, a plant with a single stem and three small leaves, to explain the concept of the Trinity to the Irish pagans.
ENTERTAINMENT WITH A GREEN HEART
The whole city shines in festive green, in honor of the color of the shamrock: from the alleyways and low red-brick houses, highly colored for the occasion, to the participants ready to show off fancy hairdos and wigs, shamrocks drawn on cheeks and leprechaun socks, depicting the irreverent imp of Irish fairy tales.
On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, March 16, the South Boston area hosts the St. Patrick's Day Parade, one of the largest parades in the country, which includes bagpipe bands and groups.
Each year, the event, which starts from East and West Broadway and goes as far as Dorchester Avenue, attracts nearly a million people, both visitors and residents.
If the St. Patrick's Day Parade is not enough, you can tune into the Irish notes of the St. Patrick's Day Tour of the Dropkick Murphys, a Celtic punk group, formed in Quincy, which is inspired by Irish folk music.
Meanwhile, in all the Irish pubs spread around the city, you can warm your heart drinking as much beer as you want, strictly green, of course, almost like an American Oktoberfest with an Irishflavor.
At the same time, for film lovers, the city invites all fans to have a front seat at the 14th Boston Irish Film Festival, held over four days from March 20 to 23 to promote Irish culture in the world.
What better opportunity than St. Patrick's Day to treat yourself to a trip to the United States?
Choose the perfect all-green outfit to wear and book your Alitalia ticket for Boston now.
© Steve Hardy