St Patricks Day Gifts / February 17, 2019 / Lauri Cooke
The Irish aren t much like the people that Irish Americans pretend to be on St Patricks Day. But please don t take our stereotypes away. We love them so. Descendents of those who immigrated during the Irish potato famines of the 18th and 19th century generally only have St Patricks Day to remind them of those long ago ancestral ties. We may not have any real understanding of the country at all. Still we must beg pardon of the modern Irish citizenry and continue our traditions. So with tongue in cheek every American who likes a mid-March excuse to celebrate professes to be partly of Irish ancestry.
On March 17 1762 Irish soldiers who served in the English military marched through New York City. The parade and music stirred their emotions and brought back memories of Ireland and fellow soldiers they had lost. Irish Americans began observing the holiday publicly in Boston and held the first St. Patrick s Day Parade (organized by the Charitable Irish Society) in New York City in 1766. Even today the St. Patrick Day parade is a mixture of religious beliefs and many people go to Ireland for the festivities fireworks and the parade. Parades take place in other places too: London Paris Rome Moscow Beijing Hong Kong Singapore as well as throughout the Americas.
So how can you get in on the act and celebrate the green on this most festive of holidays? It is a little easier than you might think. In fact if your idea of celebration involves throwing a party you are in luck. There are some excellent ways to usher in this holiday in grand style. What kind of party to throw exactly will depend a lot on your particular style. You might desire a lively and rowdy gathering of friends to celebrate March 17th a small gathering or even a very intimate affair with just you and someone special. I have some ideas that can help you in all three cases. So how do you get started? Pick your flavor of party and go from there of course. Here are some of my favorite ideas depending on the size of the party in question: Big and lively.