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Would you rather celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans or St. Patrick's Day in Chicago?

Every year, millions of people flock to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and to Chicago for St. Patrick's Day. Mardi Gras culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday. Celebrants indulge all day long with endless parades, beads, pancakes, and of course, king cake. St. Patrick's Day celebrates its namesake, the patron saint of Ireland. Whether you have Irish roots or not, everyone can join in the revelry to see the Chicago River dyed green. Both holidays have Catholic roots, parades, and a lot of alcohol, but which would you rather enjoy?

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Nearly 1.4 million people travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras every year. For perspective, that's the same amount of people who visited the NFL Fan Gallery for the 2018 Super Bowl. 

Being in New Orleans for Mardi Gras is unlike anything in the world. It is literally an entire festival dedicated to indulgence. Mardi Gras, French for "Fat Tuesday," begins after the Catholic Feast of the Epiphany in January, which represents the first time manifestation of Jesus Christ to the three kings. From this feast day to Ash Wednesday, people in New Orleans celebrate Mardi Gras with endless parades, beads, gold coins, and drinking. 

On Fat Tuesday itself, festivalgoers indulge in bountiful rich and fatty foods (and alcohol) before the Lenten season of fasting. 

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St. Patrick's Day commemorates the Feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on March 17, the day of his death. The holiday also celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as Irish culture and heritage. Due to the Irish Diaspora, there are many cities around the world that host huge St. Patrick's Day celebrations, including Chicago. 

Chicago has held a St. Patrick's Day parade for over 250 years, and the city has been dying its iconic river green for nearly half a century. It's impossible to not join in the revelry when everyone around you is clad in green from head to toe, including the landmarks. 

Whether you're donning a kilt or a shamrock necklace, there is no shortage of things to do in Chicago celebrate your Irish pride. The parade features Irish step dancers, bagpipers, and colorful floats. If that's not your style, you can take a cruise on the green river and wave to the thousands of people along the Riverwalk. Or better yet, spend your whole day in a bar drinking Guinness and Irish coffee–you can't go wrong! 

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Let's just say Fat Tuesday lives up to its name. From beignets to po-boys to king cake, you can't go wrong in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is also known as Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday and is celebrated in some areas by eating stacks of pancakes specifically.

When you visit New Orleans, don yourself in purple, gold, and green and yell “throw me something, mister!” at the parades passing by. Once you have pounds of beads hanging from your neck and your voice is gone, spend the day gorging yourself on king cake, pancakes, or beer. If you're indulging, you're doing it right!

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Chicago has no shortage of Irish pubs and restaurants for you to continue your celebration after the legendary parade ends. You can skip the crowd and cozy up by the fireplace at the Grafton Pub in Lincoln Square, or you can choose to be in the center of the festivities at the Kerryman in River North (in this case, skip the parade and get there at 8 AM).

Prepare yourself for beef and Guinness stew, corned beef sandwiches, and cabbage. No matter where you end up in Chicago for St. Patty's, you're guaranteed to have a golden time!

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