Every year on March 17th the Irish and Irish at heart celebrate St Patrick’s Day. What was originally a relegious day celebrating the Irish patron saint has now become a multi-national festival celebrating everything about Irish culture through parades, dancing, foods, drinking and anything green!
Its also hard to believe that for a day with so much association to a good old knees up that for most of the 20th century St Patrick’s day was considered a dry day due to its religious ties. Because of this it meant that all of the nations pubs were closed until it was converted to a National holiday in 1970 and the Guinness began to flow again.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the St Patrick’s Day celebrations are confined to the emerald isle – not the case. Places as far flung as Japan, Malaysia and New York all join in the annual traditions with upto 250,000 people marching up Fifth Avenue in the Big Apple.
However, we think Chicago can lay claim to probably the most flamboyant and impressive show of Irish spirit. Every year since 1962 the city has flooded the Chicago River with around 40 tonnes of green dye turning it into an amazing sight!
Our celebrations might be a little more low-key than that but hopefully we’ll be celebrating with a cool Guinness or two and some traditional Irish stew!
Éirinn go Brách!