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Chilly Air on Tap for Five of Largest St. Patrick's Day Parades

By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
March 15, 2014; 7:58 PM ET
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It will soon be the time for wearing green and honoring the memory of Saint Patrick of Ireland. Millions of Irish and Irish-at-heart will gather for celebrations across the United States.

Here are five of the largest and oldest St. Patrick's Day celebrations across the country, picked with the aid of eventcrazy.

Parade-goers will want to layer in green to stay warm with colder conditions in store for some of the largest parades, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans said. There may be snow in store for the biggest parade in the U.S., which takes place in New York City on Monday.

Yorktown Irish Pipes & Drums in Yorktown Heights, New York marching in the 2012 Saint Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. Courtesy of Yorktown Irish Pipes & Drums

New York City

New York City hosts the nation's oldest parade, with roots going back to 1762 before the nation's founding. The parade starts at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, March 17. Up to 250,000 marchers participate each year before 1 million spectators.

It will be mostly cloudy with a bit of morning snow possible and a high in the mid-30s F in New York City on Monday. Parade-goers will want to dress in layers and bring a jacket along.

Boston

The South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade has been in existence since 1901, which was the 125th anniversary of the British evacuation of Boston during the Revolutionary War. The parade, listed as the second largest in the U.S. in terms of spectators. The parade is viewed by up to 1 million people, in addition to those watching on television. Marchers stepped on at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday, March 16.

It was in low 30s F under partly sunny skies for parade watchers in Boston.

Women from the Sanford High School color guard, of Sanford, Maine, twirl green flags while marching in a St. Patrick's Day Parade, in Boston's South Boston neighborhood, Sunday, March 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Savannah, Ga.

The 190th St. Patrick's Day Parade steps out at 10:15 a.m. EDT on Monday, March 17, 2014, in Georgia's oldest city. The Hibernian Society of Savannah held the first parade on March 17, 1813. Ahead of this year's parade, there will be a St. Patrick's Mass, also on Monday.

Mostly cloudy skies and rain are in store for Monday with a high in the mid-60s.

Gaudy green revelers crammed the oak-shaded sidewalks of downtown Savannah for the St. Patrick's Day parade, Saturday, March, 16, 2013, in Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

Chicago

The dyeing of the Chicago River is always a highlight of the St. Patrick's Day Parade festivities. The parade is always held on a Saturday, with this year's parade held at noon CDT on Saturday, March 15.

Partly sunny skies greeted parade-goers. The parade temperature was in the upper 30s.

John Shepard and Gena Damento of Rochester Minn., take a photo of themselves kissing after the Chicago River was dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March, 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Scranton, Pa.

Scranton, Pa., holds the second largest parade in the country as far as the number of participants go, according to the parade's website. This year's parade kicked off at 11:45 a.m. EDT on Saturday, March 15.

Following a morning shower, clouds gave way to some sun, with a parade temperature of 47 F.

Scranton, Pa., St. Patrick's Day parade-goers gather in green on Saturday, March 9, 2013. (Photo/Kristen Connolly)

Content contributed by AccuWeather Meteorologist Meghan Evans.

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