One of the greatest things about being a travel nurse is the ability to choose an assignment near something you want to experience. Whether that’s a natural wonder, a specific person or city, an annual music festival or an epic holiday celebration, you can put yourself wherever the action is and get paid at the same time! Speaking of epic holiday celebrations, if you’re wondering where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on your next travel assignment, we have you covered. We have assignments in some of the best St. Patrick’s Day destinations, in cities with large St. Patrick’s Day parades, throughout the country. Here are a few cities and their famous event to consider:
Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Events
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?” Take a travel nurse assignment in Chicago over this beloved Irish holiday and we guarantee you’ll never ask again. C’mon, this is a city that actually dyes the Chicago River green every year to mark the day. Don’t worry, it’s an environmentally safe, vegetable-based dye that will not harm fish or anybody crazy enough to take a swim in it. Chicago also has one of the biggest and most famous St. Patrick’s Day parades in the entire country. In fact, an average of 300,000 spectators usually watch from somewhere along the parade route! The parade is always held on a Saturday, and if the holiday doesn’t fall on one, it is held the Saturday before. It takes place downtown, next to the freshly dyed river, so make sure you bring your camera and get ready to have some fun! Numerous bars in the area will be serving St. Patrick’s Day food and green beer to add to the festivities.
Boston St. Patrick’s Day Events
More than twenty percent of Boston’s residents are Irish American, so you can be sure your travel assignment there will include an over-the-top St. Patrick’s Day celebration! When it comes to cities with large St. Patrick’s Day parades, you can’t go wrong in Boston. The annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade is almost four miles long and lasts for nearly five hours! Watch from one of the many bars and restaurants that line the parade route or join in the revelries with the masses in the streets, if you’re feeling brave. Speaking of bars, Boston is home to dozens of popular Irish pubs including J.J. Foley’s Café, The Druid, Murphy’s Law, The Black Rose and many more. So, travel nurses on assignment in Boston can experience Irish favorites like Irish beer and St. Patrick’s Day food specialties any time of year.
NYC St. Patrick’s Day Events
Finally, you can’t go wrong planning a travel nurse assignment to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day in New York City. Let’s face it, some of the most popular streets in the city resemble a St. Patrick’s Day parade every day of the year. But that’s one of the reasons we love it so much! As for the actual holiday, New York City is widely known as one of the best St. Patrick’s Day destinations in the country. Approximately 150,000 people march in the parade along a 35-block stretch of the city’s famed Fifth Avenue. Additionally, numerous celebrations take place throughout the five boroughs with live music, bagpipers, marching bands and more to be found near almost every neighborhood. New Yorkers definitely go all out for this beloved holiday, so you’re sure to have a memorable experience no matter where in the city you decide to celebrate it.