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4 surprising St. Patrick's Day celebrations around the world

Here in the UK, we are familiar with the Trafalgar Square St. Patrick's Day celebrations, or perhaps you've spent the holiday in the Emerald Isle itself.

Whatever your plans may be this year, here's a couple interesting celebrations around the world to check out.

1. New York, New York, USA

The 6-hour long parade is the largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the world, and it has been an NYC tradition since 1762.

2. Buenos Aires, Argentina

In Buenos Aires, the local residents don't want to limit celebrations to just one day, so instead, they celebrate a St. Patrick's week. Enjoy music, food, and dance celebrations all week long in this South American city.

3. Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Chicagoans look for any excuse to party, so it's no surprise they go hard for St. Paddy's Day. The Chicago River gets a bath in a bright green hue for the Irish holiday, and locals spend the day drinking Jameson and Guinness.

4. Montserrat, Caribbean

Posted by Montserrat St.Patrick’s Day Festival Committee on Sunday, 14 January 2018

This Caribbean island is the only other country in the world that has St. Patrick's Day as a public holiday. The country has a mix of Irish and African heritage dating back to 1678 when Irish Catholics were exiled here from other Caribbean Islands. Enjoy food stalls, traditional games, and a parade filled with dancing and music.

Featured image:  Attila JANDI / Shutterstock.com

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