When March 17th has arrived in the United States, many Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in different ways. To begin with, the traditional “dress” for this day is the color green and any Irish t-shirts or sayings on them, such as “Kiss Me I’m Irish”, “Irish for a Day”, or the usual beer themed shirts, “Irish Drinking Team.”
After Americans have put on their “beer goggles,” the festivities can begin. There are many parades available around the United States, such as those in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, and other cities as well. At these parades, there is live music, Irish marching bands and bagpipe players, traditional Irish jig dancing, food, drinks, and many St. Patrick’s Day themed party favors to buy. Parades are fun for all ages and besides being fun, are also filled with Irish-American history.
Besides parades, many bars and restaurants are open for those who want to celebrate the day with friends and family and not have to worry about cooking. Bars and restaurants usually have a special menu complete with many Irish-themed dishes, including Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and Shepard’s pie to name a few. Certain places also offer certain promotions or discounts when you purchase certain meals.
If you do not want to go out, since many places will be crowded, there are always other St. Patrick’s Day ideas that can be used at home. One way is to invite friends and family over for dinner. If you do not know how to cook any Irish dishes, fear not because there are many recipes available online. Besides dinner, you can also host a movie night in which you watch Irish movies. Movies are available on television, to rent, or you can check your local theaters to see if any traditional Irish movies are playing. Another idea is to host a party in which all your guests are required to wear green and to make it more fun all the food can be green, using food coloring, as well.
Another "tradition" celebrated in the United States, is drinking. Many people use this day as an excuse to drink and get drunk. However this is not the proper way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It is alright to drink on this day, if of course you are of legal age, and you can try many Irish lagers, such as Guinness, Beamish Stout, Murphy's, or O'Hara's Celtic Stout.
Whether you enjoy going to a parade, out to a restaurant or a bar, or just staying at home and enjoying the day how you want, remember to have fun, drink responsibly, and be safe. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.