In lieu of a picture, I bring you a video. One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite Groups: Flogging Molly
Today, it probably seems like the whole world is Irish, as we all put on our many shades of green (at least in America.) Although, not an official holiday, Cities across the country will celebrate with parades, (Tampa had it's parade on Saturday, and it was a blast) and many will drink beer and eat corned beef, and in Chicago, they'll even dye the river green. It's a day of fun, and partying, a celebration.
Today, we celebrate the strength of people that have overcome adversity and have triumphed. It's hard to believe that the Irish were once discriminated against, and were, in fact considered to be the lowest class of people. Many left famine, in their homeland, hoping for a new life, only to suffer the high rate of deaths on the seas. For those that did reach the Promiseland, what they found was certainly not a warm welcome. But, they carved their way in America, and persevered. On this day, and everyday, I am proud to call myself Irish, (well, at least half of me, anyway.)
Fun Irish Stuff
22 Gallons of beer per capita are consumed in America on St. Pat's (The only beer I drink? Guinness! Brilliant!)
9 cities in the U.S. are named Dublin (and so is at least 1 dog: mine)
The Irish corner: Great place for St. Pat's E-cards including some in Gaelic (I'll be sending some)
Want some more Irish music? Along with Flogging Molly, I also enjoy: Dropkick Murphys, The Clancy Bros., & of course The Irish Tenors
The day would not be complete without a rendition of:
Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
from glen to glen, and down the mountain side
Enjoy the day, in all its drunken glory, but remember, at the end of the night, Irish or not, don't Drink & Drive!