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Celebrating St. Paddy's Day Close To Home (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/15/2012 7:00 am

Nearly 34.7 million people, about one out of 10 Americans, claimed Irish descent in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And that festive bunch has spread the spirit of the Emerald Isle across the States, with celebrations here dating back to the days when the country hadn't even elected its first president.

At Travelzoo, we see a spike each time this year for people wanting to head back to the homeland. But, if a trip to Ireland is not on the agenda this year, it's still possible to get a taste of the Emerald Isle here in the States. This is especially true in March, when cities and towns go to great lengths to "out-green" each other. Here are a few of the best spots across the United States to celebrate Irish culture, on St. Patrick's Day or year-round.

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The home of the Celtics is also home to the first St. Patrick's Day parade in the world in 1737 (beating Dublin, Ireland, by almost two centuries). With a sizable portion of the city's inhabitants claiming Irish ancestry, it's not hard to find an authentic pub for a pull of Guinness if you happen to miss the South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade on March 18.
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