Get your green on!

It’s finally time for green in the northern hemisphere — next week is the official start of spring, and tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day may or may not be a big deal where you are, but here in Boston it’s huge. Before getting into the Boston milieu, here’s a helpful overview of the holiday narrated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

Now, as George mentioned, the holiday is viewed somewhat differently on different sides of the pond. Here’s a friendly guide to how it’s celebrated in Ireland.

There you have it. The craziness we associate with St. Patrick’s day got started here in Boston, but to be fair, going all out with parades and pub crawling isn’t reserved for here. The largest parade is actually down in New York, and you’ve also got to hand it to the folks in Chicago — dying their river a nice, eco-friendly shade of bright green is pretty far out.

Now, back to Boston where it all started back in 1737. South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a big deal to many folks in Boston, and it will be going on this year (despite the snow drifts). Here’s a video from last year that will give you a sense of what the parade is like here.


If you happen to be here, here’s how you can see it yourself this Sunday, March 18th.
How to watch the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston (Kristi Palma, Boston.com)

Boston’s adopted patron music saints, the Dropkick Murphy’s, also tend to be found playing in town around now. This year their St. Patrick’s Day Tour is playing at the House Of Blues. Here’s a clip from last year’s show.

The truth be known, not everyone’s a fan of St. Patty’s Day. Here’s a clip of Jimmy Fallon explaining pros and cons.

You can learn a lot more about St. Patrick’s Day on the History Channel and Wikipedia.

So, if you’re into it, it’s time to put some green on and sip Irish stuff, both preferably in moderation, of course 🙂

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Cheers!

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