St. Patrick’s Day is here, you see.
We’ll pick some shamrocks, one, two, three.
We’ll count the leaves and look them over,
And maybe find a four-leafed clover.
I’ll sew green buttons on my vest,
Green for St. Patrick is the best.
I’ll wear a green hat, very high,
And dance a jig–at least I’ll try!
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Irish and Irish at Heart in big cities and small towns alike with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Its a time for fun.
St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD.
It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Saint Patricks Day Parades Worldwide, Irish Pubs all around the globe, Fun Runs, Irish Associations, Irish Music Festivals, Irish Names, Irish Dancing Schools,Irish Music Irish Roots, Irish Festivals,Scottish Highland Games USA & Canada, as well as, Scottish Pipes & Drum Bands.
St Patricks Day is for thinking about our Saint as well as a time to think of loved ones across the water.
Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has a huge St. Patrick’s Day festival from March 15-19, that features a parade, family carnivals, treasure hunt, dance, theatre and more. In North American, parades are often held on the Sunday before March 17.
Some paint the yellow street lines green for the day! In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green with a special dye that only lasts a few hours. There has been a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, Massachusetts since 1737.
Montreal is home to Canada’s longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade, which began in 1824.
Two Irish mothers, Kate and Lorna were talking about their sons.
Kate says, ‘My Patrick is such a saint. He works hard, doesn’t smoke, and he hasn’t so much as looked at a woman in over two years.’
Lorna responds, ‘Well, my Francis is a saint himself. Not only hasn’t he not looked at a woman in over three years, but he hasn’t touched a drop of liquor in all that time.’
‘My word,’ says Kate, ‘You must be so proud.’
‘I am,’ announces Lorna, ‘And when he’s paroled next month, I’m going to throw him a big party.’
Donncha and MacArthur are preparing to be blasted into space and have just left the mission briefing when one turns to the other and says, ‘Mac, where are we goin?’
MacArthur replies, ‘Well Donncha, the man in charge said we are on a mission to the sun.’
‘OK,’ says Donncha, he thinks for a while and then asks, ‘Won’t it be a bit hot, it being the sun and all?’
‘Don’t be stupid, Donncha,’ says MacArthur, ‘the man said we’d be going at night.’
1st Irish Farmer: My cow fell down a hole and I had to shoot it.
2nd Irish Farmer: Did you shoot it in the hole?
First Irish Farmer: No, in the head.
‘I had an accident opening a can of alphabeti spaghetti this morning,’ said Murphy.
‘Were you injured?’ inquired Seamus.
‘No, but it could have spelled disaster,’ concluded Murphy.
Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and says to the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?”
The man said, “I do Father.”
The priest said, “Then stand over there against the wall.”
Then the priest asked the second man, “Do you want to got to heaven?”
“Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply.
“Then stand over there against the wall,” said the priest.
Then Father Murphy walked up to O’Toole and said, “Do you want to go to heaven?”
O’Toole said, “No, I don’t Father.”
The priest said, “I don’t believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”
O’Toole said, “Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”
O’Toole worked in the lumber yard for twenty years and all that time he’d been stealing the wood and selling it. At last his conscience began to bother him and he went to confession to repent.
“Father, it’s 15 years since my last confession, and I’ve been stealing wood from the lumber yard all those years,” he told the priest.
“I understand my son,” says the priest. “Can you make a Novena?”
O’Toole said, “Father, if you have the plans, I’ve got the lumber.”
There are some things we musn’t expose
So we hide them away in our clothes.
Oh, it’s shocking to stare at what’s certainly there
but why this is so, Heaven knows
‘Is that the New Jersey Star Ledger?’ said Patrick.
‘How much would it be to put an ad in your paper?’
‘Five pounds an inch,’ replied the receptionist.
Too dear!’ snapped Patrick.
‘Why? What are you selling?’
‘A ten-foot ladder,’ he said
Paddy asked Casey for the hand of his daughter in wedlock.
‘And can you support a family?’ asked Casey.
‘I think so,’ replied Murphy.
‘Well. There’s six of us, you know,’ said the future father-in-law.
Seamus do you understand French, I do if its spoken in Irish
Irishman finds a Genie lamp and rubs it. Out comes the Genie and asks “Master you have released me from the lamp and I grant you three wishes, what would you like” Irishman scratches his head, then answers “A bottle of Guinness that never gets empty.
“Granted master” retorted the Genie and produced the bottle. The man was delighted and got drunk on this one magic Guiness bottle for weeks then he remembered that he had two other wishes.
He rubbed the lamp again and the Genie appeared. “Yes master, you have two more wishes, what would you like?” “You know that magic, never ending Guinness bottle” he asks the Genies. “Well, for my final two wishes, I’d like another two of them”
St. Patrick’s Day in Worldwide…
It doesn’t matter if you hail from the Emerald Isle or not—on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone’s a little Irish (even the City’s bagels and beer, which can be found in green for the occasion).
This year, the parade will be held on Saturday so that Sunday, the actual date of the holiday, can be devoted to religious observance. Don your best green gear for the event and watch bagpipers, marching bands and assorted revelers from all over NYC and the world as they march up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street.
Fifth Avenue and 44th Street
The Mayor of London presents the St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, a free day of family fun in London. The day kicks off with a spectacular parade of colourful marching bands, floats, costumed characters and street theatre groups. The parade leaves Piccadilly at noon and follows a route along; lower Regents Street, Pall Mall and finishes in Trafalgar Square.
Irish Pubs in Paris
For many, March 17th is synonymous with Irish pub culture– so it’s not surprising that most of the St. Patrick’s Day action is scheduled in Paris’ impressive supply of Irish pubs