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While American cities like Boston, New York and Chicago have well-documented Irish roots, millions of Americans across the country — even those who can’t claim lineage to the Emerald — love celebrating the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. The majority of the county will wear something green, and more than 25 percent of Americans will try to find a little time to tip a pint of Irish stout.

We’ve looked at the way petroleum-based products help fuel St. Patty’s parties — now let’s check out a few unique and lesser-known Irish-American cities that you might consider traveling to for this year’s parade.

AUSTIN, TX Hosted by the Celtic Cultural Center of Texas, Austin Celtic Association and Cultural Arts Division for the City of Austin, the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the Texas capital are famously traditional. In 2014, Ireland opened an official consulate office in Austin.

DETROIT, MI Corktown — named after County Cork, Ireland — is the oldest existing neighborhood in the Motor City. Still home to Irish descendants and the Gaelic League of Detroit (founded in 1893), about 5,000 people travel from around the region for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

LOUISVILLE, KY The Kentucky Irish American was a newspaper printed for the Irish in Louisville from 1896 to 1968. Today, Louisville stands as the "twin town" of Bushmills in Northern Ireland and, outside of Chicago, is home to more Irish bands than any other city in the Midwest.

NASHVILLE, TN Many American cities with Irish roots throw big Celtic festivals around St. Patty’s Day, but how many can say Ireland actually has a stake in their party? In 2015, the Music City Irish Festival launched as a free street fair in downtown Nashville — partially paid for by the Irish government! That’s legit.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA During the Gold Rush, Irish immigrants made up the majority of San Francisco's working class, and by 1880, approximately one-third of the city's population was of Irish descent. There has been a culturally important Saint Patrick's Day celebration in San Francisco since 1852.

SAVANNAH, GA Confusion exists regarding the city’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade — it’s 1813, 1818 or 1824 depending who you ask — but one thing that isn’t up for dispute is how seriously Savannah takes its annual St. Patrick’s Day festival. It’s the second largest in the nation and draws about half a million people to the city.

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