In honor of St. Patty's Day, plus the fact that I'm half Irish. I have a party to celebrate and my favorite Irish toast is "May you be in Heaven half an hour before the Devil knows yer dead."
How do you celebrate St. Patrick's driving the snakes out of Ireland? Does your town do anything special? We have an Irish festival, but it's in Nov. go figure?
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We have a town named New London that goes all out on St Patty's day. They change the name of the town to New Dublin. It really confuses anyone who isn't local and they are driving through the area.
They have a giant parade (largest St. Patty's day in WI) The floats throw candy and colored beads. They even have a Irish wake (parody). The next day, as part of the parade, an old green hearse goes down the street and there are people dressed in black, crying. Then every once in a while the pine coffin will fall out of the hearse.
They also have celtic bands playing. It's a huge event around here.
Other wise, the bars in other towns serve green beer and corn beef & hash. People dress up in kelly green clothes.
This ordeal is like a fire tempering a sword. It's making chewy even tougher. If he got leprosy and his arm fell off, he'd beat the shit out of a bear, dip his stump in lemon juice and sew it back on with his good hand.
DH thinks it's odd that people here make such a big deal out of Saint Patrick's day. In Ireland it's just another saints day, one of many. You'll find people going to the pub with friends for a pint but there are not any huge parades like we have here and if you asked for a green beer, they wouldn't know what you are talking about.
Last edited by Zoe Moon; 03-05-2012 at 12:45 PM..
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We went to Downpatrick on my first trip to Ireland to see the Mountains of Mourne. We also stopped by the churchyard where Saint Patrick is buried. It's high on a hill overlooking the town and has great views.
Saint Patrick's grave
View of the Mountains of Mourne from beside his grave
It's funny, even with all the troubles in Ireland, you'll still see a lot of protestants going to the pub on saints days for a pint. Of course they'll go to a protestant pub, rather than a Catholic pub. Some things don't change.
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