Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day: Snakes be gone! It's a time to drink more beer!

So, today is St. Patrick’s Day, the time of year when lots of people decide to be someone they aren’t, all in the name of:
  • Weird music
  • Lots of alcohol drinking
  • Corned beef and cabbage
  • More alcohol drinking,
  • Reuben sandwiches
  • Beer and other alcoholic drinks
  • Parades through neighborhoods of people with pail complexions and red hair
  • More drinking
  • Forgotten stories of why it’s St. Patrick’s Day
  • Did we mention alcoholic drinks such as lots of beer
  • Dancing in the streets of New York and Boston more so than in Ireland
  • Green beer
  • Green rivers (see Chicago)
  • Funny hats
  • More drinks
  • Beaded necklaces made of green beads as if the Irish had taken over Mobile or New Orleans and the continued Mardi Gras celebrations
  • Lots of drinking and, after all of that, more drinking!

From History.com, there’s an interactive chart: St. Patrick’s Day by the Numbers which you see at the right. Better yet, for a really good education about St. Patrick’s Day, go to The History of St. Patrick’s Day. There are links to videos, pictures, speeches and the interactive chart! Enjoy your trip; be sure to pour yourself a tall one or two or three to get through it all! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Dictionary.com word of the day
brogue (noun) [brohg]: an Irish accent in the pronunciation of English

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