St. Patrick's Day celebrations have evolved over the years, particularly in the U.S. Although the day observes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, many Americans celebrate with dancing, parades and light-hearted fun. Traditions in the U.S. include dying everything from rivers to beer green, dancing in the streets and lusting after four-leaf clovers. We've collected the best traditions and lore about St. Patrick's Day to put you in the lucky spirit. Tell us your favorite parts of St. Patrick's Day below:
What is St. Patrick’s Day without a little luck, after all?
Chicago and Savannah are two of the most renown St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the U.S. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah took place in 1824 and remains one of the largest celebrations in the U.S. Chicago’s parade began in 1843, and now involves dying the entire Chicago River green. Yes, you read that right.
Both of these Irish dishes are favorites of pubs everywhere. Although you may be asking, “Why not both?”—choose your favorite!
Both of these leprechauns are staples for millennials. We’re not sure where we’d be without Lucky guiding us through new marshmallow additions to the best cereal around (we said it), or without the adventures of a high school basketball star turned leprechaun in Disney Channel's “The Luck of the Irish.”
According to Merriam-Webster, “St. Paddy’s” is the correct abbreviation, given the name “Patrick” comes from the Gaelic word “Pádraig.” But for many Americans, “St. Patty’s” seems to be the more intuitive abbreviation.
Believe it or not, both of these sweet drinks have been around for decades. Irish coffee began in 1943 near Limerick, Ireland. It involves a carefully-crafted balance of coffee, whiskey, sugar and cream. But McDonald’s rendition of the shamrock shake is in its 50th year. How can you not indulge in that sweet, mint-chocolaty taste?