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March is the first month of Spring in the US.

This is a traditional time for vacations for many people, with some heading to tropical beaches and some trying to get in one more skiing session before the season ends and the snow melts.

In addition, one of the world's most well-known cultural holidays takes place in March, while several major sporting events and one of the world's most buzzed about music festivals are also on the calendar.

Here are the most anticipated events of March....

Saint Patrick's Day

Things to do in March: St. Patrick's Day Events

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This holiday has its roots in Ireland, but it is widely celebrated around the world with parades, cultural performances and plenty of parties.

Major parades take place in Boston, New York City, and Chicago.

In Chicago, the famous Chicago River is dyed green to mark the festivities, while Irish music, dancing and storytelling events are held in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.

The New York City Parade, meanwhile, is one of the biggest Saint Patrick's Day parades in the world in terms of overall attendance and participation.

Many other cities around the country also mark the special day with parades or concerts and special celebrations in Irish-style pubs.

South by Southwest Music Festival

Where to go in March: Best Festivals

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South by Southwest Music Festival, sometimes referred to using the acronym SXSW, is one of the biggest celebrations of indie music in the world.

Literally hundreds of concerts take place at small, intimate venues all around the Texas capitol over a weeklong event.

Both established indie artists and popular international acts who are trying to break into the US scene perform multiple shows.

This is also a starting point for many up and coming acts who are not yet nationally known.

Spring Break

Best beaches for Spring Break in March

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Spring Break is a time when college students and young professionals head to tropical destinations for a weeklong party on the beach.

Places in the Caribbean, along the Gulf Coast, in Southern Florida, and even in Mexico are crowded with young revelers intent on having the party of a lifetime.

Even people who don't want to engage in an all-out celebration can enjoy this traditional week off in March.

Quiet corners of the US Virgin Islands, California and Arizona all feature pleasant springtime weather and plenty of attractions, but lack the noise and crowds of more-popular spring break destinations.

Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival

Top May Travel Destinations

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Washington DC received a gift of cherry blossom trees from the mayor of Tokyo, Japan in 1912.

The trees still bloom every spring, with the picture-worthy white petals best enjoyed in late March.

The trees are located around the National Mall.

A number of other events take place during the festival, with concerts, fireworks, races, and art exhibitions all on the calendar.

The festivities spill over into April and end when the petals fall to the ground.

March Madness

Best Sporting Events in March: March madness basketball

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During the second half of March, over 60 of the nation's best college basketball teams take part in a huge single elimination tournament to crown the best amateur hoops squad in the country.

The NCAA Basketball tournament is so large that it cannot take place in one location.

Regional sections are held all over the country in major sporting venues.

This means that it is easy to get a taste of the tournament without traveling too far from home.

The tournament lasts for three straight weekends, and every game is shown on national TV, so people can enjoy the drama and excitement without even having to leave home.

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