I confess: St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, so this list may be a teeny bit biased. I’m like a kid on Christmas. Now, being part Irish myself and from a large Irish-American community, we did always celebrate but my love of the holiday and its elevation to favorite status really stems back from high school, when it became an EVENT. Ever since, St. Patrick’s Day (or St. Paddy’s) has become a high point of the year. Of course its not all about the drinking, thought that is a big part of it for many. It’s what a lot of holidays are; getting together with family, friends, having fun, and celebrating Irish culture.
Before we get started though, let’s give it up for St. Patrick, the man behind the holiday.
Despite the number of celebrations both big and small around the entire world, the average person may not know a lot about St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was brought to Ireland as a slave, escaped, converted to Christianity, then returned. The holiday is an observed feast day, though since it occurs during Lent the restrictions on eating and drinking are lifted – one reason why its such a big day for parties. And now I present to you, 15 reasons why St. Patrick’s Day is actually the best holiday ever. Sláinte!
1. Yeah I Know What I Said About Drinking. However!
Drinking at 7am is totally socially acceptable on St. Patrick’s Day.
2. The St. Patrick’s Day Parades
Where else can you see marching bands, bagpipers, and revelry unmatched then at a parade? Many American cities with Irish communities have long-standing traditions of celebrating with parades. Manhattan hosts the the oldest. Held since 1762, it has over 150,000 participants and 2 million spectators. Other cities with big parades are Savannah, Chicago, New Orleans, and of course, Boston.
3. Everybody Knows Your Name
Everyone is your pal on St. Patrick’s Day. This comes in very handy if you are enjoying #1 on our list. The next round is on that couple you just met and are now your BFFs.
4. Remember Chicago?
The city of Chicago dyes their river green in honor of the holiday. Why? Why not! The story behind the tradition.
5. Keep Your Pumpkin Spice
I’ll take Baileys flavored everything, like these Irish Cream brownies.
6. While We’re At It; Guinness You’re Up
“Lovely Day for a Guinness”.
7. More Alcohol & Chocolate Flavored Desserts
These are a few of my favorite things…
8. All the Green!
Forget rose colored glasses. Give me green shamrock lenses. Go green, or go home, otherwise, you might get pinched!
Aside from Halloween, you can get away with dressing pretty much however you want on St. Patrick’s Day.
10. Irish Soda Bread
Chances are if you’re Irish, you have your own recipe.
11. Step Dancers
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the immensely talented precision dancing in action, you can pretend you are a step dancer after one too many green beers.
12. Bagpipe Music
Bagpipes are cool.
13. This Saying
It’s good luck.
14. Irish Toasts
We even say our curses with a sense of humor.
15. Everyone is Irish
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a drop of Irish blood at all, St. Patrick’s Day is for everybody, and its just one big party!
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