ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADES
The St. Patrick's Day parade originated not in Ireland but in America. New York City lays claim to the first one, in 1762. Soon after, the annual celebration spread to other cities with large populations of Irish immigrants, including Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The parades, which commemorate the St. Patrick's Day holiday each March 17, are now an annual rite of spring in many U.S. cities, and 2016 promises numerous festive celebrations. Here are 10 cities that throw some of the best St. Patrick's Day parades around.