DALLAS, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This St. Patrick's Day, seas of green will take over the streets in cities around the globe. Hotels.com®, one of the world's largest providers of lodging worldwide is sharing tips on the best party spots, parades, celebrations and attractions around the globe to help travelers plan their St. Patrick's Day festivities.
"St. Patrick's Day is a great time for travelers to take advantage of last minute travel deals to popular destinations including New York City, Boston and even Dublin, Ireland," says Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations and social media for hotels.com. "Deals are often readily available during St. Patrick's Day week due to the fact that it's an off-peak travel period and inventory is usually high before the busy spring travel period."
St. Patrick's Day Across America
In the U.S., New York City, Chicago and Boston are extremely popular St. Patrick's Day cities for both tourists and locals alike, but some unexpected cities such as Austin, Texas and Savannah, Georgia will also be getting in on the action. This year in Austin, St. Patrick's Day will feature live music from The David Munnelly Band; recently named Irish American News' vocal/instrumental "Band of the Decade." In Savannah, the extremely popular "greening" of the Forsyth Park fountain is a must see on St. Patrick's Day.
New York City will host its 250th St. Patrick's Day parade this year with some 250,000 marchers including outstanding marching bands from throughout the United States and all over the world. The city is expecting more than two million spectators. With rooms starting at $178 per night, Park Central New York Hotel located in Midtown Manhattan is close to the Empire State Building, which turns green for the festivities. The hotel is also close to the parade route, and guests can enjoy the nearby shopping on Fifth Avenue.
Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will take place on Sunday, March 20 in the city's most Irish neighborhood, South Boston, known to locals as "Southie." The South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade is the second largest in the country, and is expected to be viewed by nearly 600,000 spectators this year. The Westin Boston Waterfront is located less than a mile from the parade route, and also offers easy connections to the city's public transportation and Boston's famous Irish haunts. Rooms are available on hotels.com starting at $179 per night.
In Chicago, Irish celebrations began on Saturday, March 12 with its St. Patrick's Day Parade, the biggest parade in the city. The big attraction for Chicago visitors is the "greening" of the Chicago River. With a birds-eye view of the very green Chicago River, the five-star Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is a great option for guests looking for a little luxury this St. Patty's Day. Rooms are available on hotels.com from $395 per night.
International Fun in Ireland
Travelers looking to experience an authentic Irish St. Patrick's Day can check out the St. Patrick's Day Festival in Dublin, Ireland, March 17–20. Travelers from all over the world fill Dublin's streets, enjoying free live music, street theatre and carnivals; over 4,000 performers are expected to be a part of the action. This year's St. Patrick's Day Festival will host SkyFest, a massive fireworks display over the River Slaney, in Wexford. Ashling Hotel Dublin, located downtown, is a favorite hotel for Bonnie Lasses and Erin's all over the world. Rates for the Ashling Hotel Dublin start at US$71 per night.
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