St. Patrick’s Day…my favouritest of the American-Irish drinking traditions.
St. Patrick’s Day was a celebration of a real person. A British man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland sometime in the 5th century. He managed to escape after some years in bondage, but upon his return to England, found a calling to serve God back in Ireland. He returned as a missionary and the rest as they say, is history (or legend).
In Ireland, they do mark March 17th as St. Patrick’s Day, but it is an event where you go to church.
The Canadian tradition of drinking green beer and getting drunk on a work-night is something we imported from our best friends, America.
Irish immigrants to the Unites States would hold parades and celebrations as a way to stay connected to their heritage. The party culture we know of today didn’t really start to gain momentum until the 1970s.
In a bizarre and wonderful Global Village way…the large St. Patrick’s Day celebrations now seen in Ireland are actually imported back from the US. Neat.
Notes: National Geographic.
If you are going to roll hot tonight but want to sip something a little more sophisticated than green beer, check out these Irish inspired cocktails.
Number 3, the “Heather and Julio” has a nice Mariachi Madness vibe to it.
And if you do go too hard tonight or drink too much of that draught beer at Pat Quinn Night, Fred and Mel on our best-friend radio station, The Edge, have some hangover wisdom for you. Green bananas to help battle the ‘beer shits,’ I like it.