New Orleans Among U.S. Cities With Most St. Patrick’s Day Spirit

We are getting into March, which means St. Patrick’s Day is getting closer. By definition, the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held every year on March 17, the death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

For those who like a good time, the day takes on a different meaning. It’s a public holiday in some places, a cause for celebration among Irish everywhere, parades and festivals, drinking green beer and Irish whiskey, a feeling that spring is getting close. St. Patrick’s Day is especially alive in places like New Orleans. took a look at the U.S. states that have the most St. Patrick’s Day spirit in 2023, utilizing Google Trends to see the search volume in each of the U.S. metros for terms like “St. Patrick’s Day,” “St. Patrick’s Day Events,” etc. Once receiving the results, they averaged out the ranking across the terms. They also used World Population Review’s research on the “Cities With Highest Percentage Of Irish Ancestry” from 2023 to average out the rankings.

In the end, not surprisingly, Boston, with people of Irish descent forming the largest single ethnic group in that city, was No. 1 on the list. But read on for how New Orleans ranked, and remember this site is your home for everything Louisiana sports betting.

Cities With The Most St. Patrick's Spirit

1Boston, MA
2Chicago, IL
3Pittsburgh, PA
T4Philadelphia, PA
T4Buffalo, NY
6New Orleans, LA
7Baltimore, MD
8Kansas City, MO
9New York, NY
10Louisville, KY
T11Seattle, WA
T11Cleveland, OH
13Savannah, GA
14Portland, OR
15San Francisco, CA

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Nola Well Represented

Boston was followed by Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Buffalo (both tied), then New Orleans. Baltimore, Kansas City, New York and Louisville followed New Orleans to round out the Top 10. With New Orleans, the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day is also not surprising. Irish immigrants, fleeing British persecution, first settled there in the late 1700s.

The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in New Orleans was held in 1806. St. Patrick’s Church was founded in 1833. Over the years Irish social and benevolent organizations were formed. Irish immigrants driven out of their homeland by the great potato famine arrived in bigger numbers in the 1840s.

The Irish Channel in New Orleans is a center spot for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. There’s plenty of authentic Irish history, culture, architecture – and pubs - all over the city. That’s where you’ll find St. Patrick’s Day really celebrated this March 17.

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Mark Keast has recently covered the sports betting industry in Canada for The Parleh, and is a long-time sportswriter and editor, most notably with the Toronto Sun.

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