We know that Chicago has mad Irish pride. Did you know that they dye the Chicago River green to prove it? That’s what they’ve been doing for the last 40 years.
In Brisbane, Australia, they have a parade that includes the “Irish Historical Story.” Residents dress up as teachers, widows and orphans, sugar cane cutters, gold miners, lawyers and stockmen to show how people of all traditions helped build the Australian nation.
You know that you’re in the Irish capital of Nebraska when you approach O’Neil and see the world’s largest shamrock painted on their highway. If that wasn’t enough for you, they also celebrate the big day with a St. Patrick’s Day festival that includes a hypnotist and a dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham.
Aren’t you jealous that you won’t be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the fun folks of New London, Wisconsin? Their giant parade features leprechauns renaming the town “New Dublin,” corned beef and cabbage served all week, and an Irish wake parody known as “Finnegan’s Wake.” They actually put a mannequin in a green hearse and have the body fly out in a wicker casket as the hearse pulls away.
In Hot Springs, AR boasts the “The First Ever Seventh Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade”. It takes place on Bridge Street designated by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the “The Shortest Street in the World.”