3 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

It’s here! Perhaps the most highly anticipated Irish holiday of the calendar year—otherwise known as St. Patrick’s Day—has arrived. Which begs one question: how might you properly commemorate the day? Whether you’re spending the day with friends or family, wee ones or loved ones of all ages, we’ve got a few ideas for a celebration that’s worth a pot of gold.



Aside from drinking green beer, parades are on of the most popular ways to mark the holiday—especially in America. In fact, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in 1762 when Irish soldiers serving in the English army marched through the streets in honor of their heritage. Perhaps the best thing about a parade is that they are fun for all ages. Watch your local newspaper or event guides to see floats and bands in your town.



Togetherness is key in Irish families and there’s no time that they are closer than when gathered around the dinner table. Whether your family is of Irish descent or you simply admire the heritage of Ireland, follow their lead by hosting a dinner. Plan the menu around traditional Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and—of course—a few pints of Guinness.



If you want the most traditional route, revisit the roots of the holiday, which started and is still a religious feast day during the Lenten season. This special day, which honors St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland, allowed the Irish—most of whom were and are predominantly Catholic—to lay aside Lenten prohibitions to dance, drink, revel, and even eat meat to mark the occasion. Spend the day recounting this story to your children or tracing your own roots to Ireland with a genealogy project.

3 thoughts on “3 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day”

  1. My friends and gather at our favorite place O’Blarneys in Olympia WA and celebrate with Irish music and great food.

  2. I’m a latina married to 100% Irish man,my second time in looking for The Traditional Irish corn beef n cabbsge receipt,found some on line but all different is there a real one?Help this wife wants to relly do it up for him…i got the crock pot ready?

  3. Growing up with very Irish grandparents, we were told many stories, mostly about the little people. Brian was our special one who followed the family from Ireland to watch over us. In back of grandma’s house was a lot of moss. When we arrived, grandma would tell us ” quick I just saw him!” Out we would run to the moss. Sure enough his footprints were present, but no sign of him. Sometimes a wee little hat or coat was found. Even though we never found him, we religiously left him little cups of cream and cookies. On special holidays we raided grandpa’s whiskey. How special we felt, not all families had a leprechaun. When my children were little, I told them the stories. Now me grandchildren are learning about Brian. And just like when I was growing up, they run out back looking for him. A little hat or coat is sometimes found, but only his footsteps show were he was.

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