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  • St. Patrick's Day celebrations

    Around the region,

    Here's our list of the best St. Pat's parades, pub crawls, dances and inns, with a few St. Urho's Day festivities thrown in for good measure.


  • St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Fest

    New London, WI

    This town west of Appleton becomes "New Dublin'' for the week, with festivities that include a big Grand Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed with Irish music, food and marketplace under a heated big-top tent.


  • St. Patrick's Day Festival

    Emmetsburg, IA

    In northwest Iowa, this is the state's Irish capital, and it celebrates with many festivities, including a parade at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.


  • St. Urho Days

    Menagha, MN

    This Finnish town near Park Rapids celebrates its grasshopper-skewering saint with a St. Urho look-alike contest and a 12:20 p.m. parade, followed by barstool races, human foosball and Viking bowling.


  • Soar With Eagles

    Wabasha, MN

    The National Eagle Center holds live-bird programs and nature presentations weekends in March, when bald eagles migrate northward along the Mississippi.


  • St. Patrick's Day parade

    St. Paul, MN

    In this traditionally Irish city, the noon parade runs along Fourth Street to Rice Park.


  • St. Patrick's Day parade

    Madison, WI

    The parade is at 1:30 p.m. and runs from Capitol Square.


  • St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Chicago, IL

    In Chicago, they really do dye the river green. Watch the dye job at 9 a.m. from the Michigan Avenue or Columbus Drive bridges, then watch the noon parade through Grant Park.


  • Maple-syrup festivals

    Around the region,

    At nature centers around the region, tour the sugarbush and learn how to tap trees and boil sap. Then, eat a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup.


  • St. Urho's Day

    Finland, MN

    This North Shore village near Tettegouche State Park celebrates the Finnish saint with a tug-of-war over the Baptism River and a parade, craft fair, music and children's games.