Tampa Ranks 6th in the Nation for Best St. Patrick’s Day Cities, 2nd for Most Irish Pubs Per Capita

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Tampa Ranks 6th in the Nation for Best St. Patrick’s Day Cities, 2nd for Most Irish Pubs Per Capita

You heard right… WalletHub.com Ranks our city 6th!

Unless you’re familiar with the real history of St. Patrick’s Day, you might think it’s simply a day to wear green, drink at an Irish pub and follow a leprechaun to its pot of gold. But if you participate in at least one of those activities on March 17, you’re in fact partaking in a celebration of the Irish heritage of 33.1 million Americans, far more than the population of Ireland itself.

And while historians might disagree on where and when the first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade actually took place — whether in Boston in 1737 or in New York City in 1762 but certainly not in Ireland — the holiday has definitely spread across the U.S. as one of its biggest cultural celebrations. Cities from coast to coast have cultivated their own St. Paddy’s Day traditions throughout the centuries. Some cities famously dye their rivers green. Others put on carnivals, pageants, concerts, block parties, pub crawls and even long processions of marching bagpipers.

But the luck of the Irish isn’t evenly distributed across America. If you’re looking for a smashing time on March 17, you might have to stray from home. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish-American Heritage Month, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 largest cities across 17 key metrics to find out which among them are worthy of the Irish’s approval when it comes to celebrating their ancestry. Our data set ranges from “number of Irish pubs and restaurants per capita” to “lowest price for a three-star hotel on St. Patrick’s Day” to “weather forecast” for the holiday.

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